Who are CSHP Members?

CSHP is its members - pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, educators , pharmacists in training and our industry partners from all over the state of Connecticut. We work in a variety of environments including hospitals, long-term care facilities, community pharmacies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Some of us work from home offices, and some of us are retired. We welcome any and all new members who are interested in advocating for the practice of pharmacy.

To see our current Leadership, please
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Kudos and Milestones

CSHP is an association of individual members. We invite you to send us your information so that we can celebrate your accomplishments and milestones.

Let us know about your professional accomplishments. Have you been promoted, completed a certification or degree program, started a new job, received an award, won a grant, made a presentation for colleagues? Let us know about your personal milestones and celebrations. Have you gotten married, celebrated the birth of a child or a special anniversary, participated or led a volunteer activity in your community or abroad?

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AWARDS
2016 Call for Nominations
Annually, CSHP accepts nominations for the following prestigious awards:
  • Meritorious Achievement Award - Awarded to a CSHP member who made significant contributions to enhance
    patient care, an original contribution to pharmacy administration, or expanded the role/impact of CSHP.
  • Paul G. Pierpaoli Award - Awarded to a CSHP member who made significant long term contributions to the practice
    of pharmacy.
  • Pharmacist of the Year - Awarded to a CSHP member who best exemplifies service to the profession and community.
In addition, we present an award to a UConn student.

CLICK to see a list of past honorees

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Be sure to congratulate Molly Leber, PharmD, BCPS and now FASHP --- one of the new ASHP Fellows!  Dr. Leber is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital, a longtime and active member of both CSHP and ASHP.


The 2016 Fellows will be honored on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 during the ASHP Summer Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.

See more at http://www.ashp.org/menu/AboutUs/Awards/ASHPFellows#sthash.5xCf3wgo.dpuf

2015 HONOREES

James S. Sarigianis, BS Pharm – Paul G. Pierpaoli Award
Clinical Pharmacist, Yale-New Haven Hospital

The Paul G. Pierpaoli Award is given annually to a CSHP member of the highest integrity who best exemplifies the   profession of pharmacy through significant contributions, of a long-term nature, to the practice of pharmacy in Connecticut and the development of high standards of pharmacy practice.

Jim is a 1982 graduate of the UConn School of Pharmacy and completed a general practice residency at Rhode Island Hospital in 1983. He then joined the pharmacy department at Yale-New Haven Hospital and has been there ever since.

Jim was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the institution’s first formal chemotherapy ordering process and centralized chemotherapy preparation area. He has been an instructor in the cardiac rehabilitation program and a clinical instructor/lecturer for the Yale University School of Nursing. He oversees the pharmacotherapy of patients in the nephrology and hemodialysis units, as well as in general internal medicine units. He has adjunct faculty appointments for the schools of pharmacy of UConn and URI. Jim also established and co-chairs the annual “Brian E. Miller Memorial Lecture”, in memory of a former Yale-New Haven pharmacist colleague and friend.

Jim is a past recipient of the CSHP “Pharmacist of the Year” award, has been recognized by the UConn School of Pharmacy as “Preceptor of the Year”, is the 2010 recipient of the Yale-New Haven Hospital “Nurses’ Choice Award”.  Most recently, he was named “Master Preceptor” by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Jim is the first pharmacist in Connecticut to receive this award and he has had a major impact in pharmacy by precepting many of the current leaders of pharmacy in Connecticut.

His greatest achievement is that he always has time to mentor students and without fail, his students develop a passion for clinical pharmacy practice. He strikes the perfect balance between providing a rich learning opportunity without spoon feeding the information or solutions. This approach is consistent with the values described by Paul Pierpaoli himself.

Mojdeh Heavner, PharmD, BCPS – Pharmacist of the Year
Supervisor, Clinical Pharmacy Services; Director, Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Program; Yale-New Haven Hospital

The Pharmacist of the Year Award is given annually to a CSHP member of the highest integrity who best exemplifies the profession of pharmacy through their cooperation with the entire health care team, service to the profession of pharmacy and service to the community.

Mojdeh earned her BS in Physiology/Neurobiology from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2004. She completed her PharmD from University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 2008 then went on to do a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Yale-New Haven (YNHH). Mojdeh also completed her PGY-2 Critical Care and Solid Organ Transplant Specialty Residency at YNHH.

She started her career as a MICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at YNHH after completing residency training, and became board certified in pharmacotherapy in 2009. Her current role is Supervisor, Clinical Pharmacy Services at YNHH. Since 2013,  she has served as Residency Program Director of the Critical Care Pharmacy specialty residency, and previously served as a Co-Director of that program at YNHH.

She is involved in professional societies such as ACCP, SCCM, UHC/VHA, and CSHP. She has been a CSHP member since 2008, serving as Membership Committee Co-Chair in 2010, and Secretary for 2 terms following that. Mojdeh has been instrumental in pharmacist involvement in code blues and implementation of the Yale Alcohol Withdrawal Protocol (YAWP).

  • Management of alcohol withdrawal in the ICU setting - MICU intubation and ICU related pneumonia were lower.
  • Worked closely with nursing leadership and pharmacists at Bridgeport and Greenwich Hospital to ensure success at all hospitals within our network.  
  • Has been instrumental in getting pharmacists involved in Code Blues to improve documentation of ACLS activities.  Her work on this project help increase documentation from 11% to 61%

She has been recognized as an award winner at the 2015 (JAZ) Joseph A. Zaccagnino Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Conference and is being invited to present at the ATS (American Thoracic Society) Conference. Her goals are "to keep exceptional patient care at the forefront, and impact the profession pharmacy in a meaningful way through implementation of innovative pharmacy practices. To follow in the footsteps of those who have provided me with mentorship over the years and have shaped who I am as a pharmacist".

Teresa Papstein, RPh, BCNSP – Meritorious Achievement Award
Medication Safety and Compliance Coordinator, Bridgeport Hospital Department of Pharmacy

The Meritorious Achievement Award is given annually to a CSHP member who has played a significant role in either 1) an innovation which has contributed to the enhancement of patient care within the individual’s practice setting, resulted in an original contribution to pharmacy administration, or expanded the role/impact of CSHP, 2) in an innovative educational program designed to improve the practice of pharmacy or 3) a significant publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Teresa graduated from the UConn School of Pharmacy and became a board certified nutrition support pharmacist in 1995. She has led the development of several major quality improvements related to anticoagulation management for the Yale-New Haven Health System, which led to national recognition at the annual Epic Expert Group Meeting in Verona, Wisconsin in March 2015. The cornerstone of these quality improvements included the development of an anticoagulation scoring tool that allows pharmacists to proactively score patients for bleeding risks before they can occur.

She led a multi-disciplinary team of pharmacists, providers and information technology professionals. Teresa mentored a colleague who is enrolled in a Post Graduate Doctor of Pharmacy program to establish a nurse managed warfarin protocol in a primary care clinic at Bridgeport Hospital. And because of her continued success with anticoagulation management, Teresa now leads a health system committee focused on standardization of ambulatory anticoagulation management across multiple community clinics.

Teresa’s professional activities includes:
  • Yale-New Haven Health System: Safety, Anticoagulation, Decision Support, Nutrition Support, Pediatrics and Oncology
  • Bridgeport Hospital – Nutrition, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Diabetes, Nursing and Pharmacy Practice Council, Investigational Review Board, Hazardous Surveillance, and Multidisciplinary Integrated Quality Teams
  • Adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice designations at University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, University of Saint Joseph, Philadelphia and Albany Colleges of Pharmacy, and the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Teresa previously has been an award recipient:

  • 2013 Yale-New Haven Health System Culture of Safety and Data Driven Honorable Mention for Promoting Safety Through Increased Medication Error Reporting: A Shared Governance Council and Multidisciplinary Team Approach
  • 2012 Yale-New Haven Health System Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Award for Reducing Medication Requests to Improve Nursing and Pharmacy Efficiency – Presented at Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 24th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care Orlando FL
  • 2011 Implementation of a warfarin protocol to improve clinical outcomes while meeting a Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal. Yale-New Haven Health System Joseph A. Zaccagnino Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Award
  • 2006-2008 Bridgeport Hospital Awards for Model, Coaching, Leading, Teamwork and Process Improvements in Department of Pharmacy

Teresa’s drive and constant efforts to make patient care safer is why she should be recognized with the CSHP Meritorious Achievement Award.
Annually, CSHP accepts nominations for the following prestigious awards:
  • Meritorious Achievement Award - Awarded to a CSHP member who made significant contributions to enhance patient care, an original contribution to pharmacy administration, or expanded the role/impact of CSHP.
  • Paul G. Pierpaoli Award - Awarded to a CSHP member who made significant long term contributions to the practice of pharmacy.
  • Pharmacist of the Year - Awarded to a CSHP member who best exemplifies service to the profession and community.
In addition, we present an award to a UConn student.

For more information and to nominate a colleague, please see attached nominations form.

CLICK to see a list of past honorees,