Steve Hiemenz Named Winner of 2011 Catalyst Grant Award for Innovative Practice by NCPA Foundation

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Nashville, TN (October 10, 2011)

Steve Hiemenz, RPh, co-owner of Elm Plaza Pharmacy in Hinsdale, Illinois, has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 Catalyst Grant Award for Innovate Practice by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation. The award is sponsored by Purdue Pharma. The research grant program helps pharmacists partner with different sectors of the health care community to improve patient care and services. The award was presented at NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 8-12.

Hiemenz's winning submission is titled "Community Pharmacy and Patient Management of Diabetic Neuropathy." The project will establish a community pharmacy model to mitigate diabetes pain complications through medication therapy management (MTM) and patient education. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million Americans are afflicted with diabetes. Independent community pharmacies dispense diabetes medication and supplies, offer counseling, and provide MTM and diabetes state management education/training (DSMT/E) services. Hiemenz is seeking to ensure the valuable niche services pharmacists provide patients complements the more routine services in the best way possible.

"Steve Hiemenz is a deserving recipient of the Catalyst Grant Award for Innovative Practice, because he is striving to improve the value of pharmacy services for patients," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "His efforts will make a big difference in treating diabetes by finding ways to maximize the help pharmacists can offer."

Hiemenz is a 1986 graduate of the University of Iowa. Elm Plaza Pharmacy was established in 2001. He has a board certification in Pharmacotherapy from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) and hold certifications in MTM, diabetes care, lipid management, immunizations and pain management compounding.

"I am excited about this opportunity because the profession of pharmacy has done a tremendous job of proving the value of a pharmacist as part of the health care team," said Hiemenz. "This project is another real world example of how community pharmacists can positively impact patient care in a practical manner."

"We congratulate Steve Hiemenz for his commitment to patient care and improved health outcomes," said Lisa Miller, PharmD, executive director of Healthcare Education and Liaison Programs at Purdue Pharma. "We believe community pharmacists, students, and pharmacy staffs have important and unique roles in positively addressing patient education and assessing pain and health care needs."

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense over 37% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

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