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Kyle E. Hultgren, PharmD

Director, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Kyle E. Hultgren is Director of the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement and holds a courtesy appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.  In his role at CMSA he pursues the development of innovative safe medication use practices as well as engaging methods to educate healthcare practitioners and student pharmacists. His current work includes predictive analytics for adverse drug events and utilizing simulation methodologies for training medical professionals on safe medication us practices. He also serves as Chairman of the Rx-SafeNet Practice Based Research Network Advisory Board for community pharmacy based medication safety research in Indiana.  In 2013, he received the Indiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists “Glen Sperandio Hospital Pharmacist of the Year” Award and was the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Aziz Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Hultgren received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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John B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS

Associate Director, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

John B. Hertig is the Associate Director at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA) and also holds a courtesy appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. In his current role, he leads strategic initiatives, forms partnerships, educates, and serves as an international expert in medication safety. At Purdue University, he has expanded didactic and experiential training opportunities in medication safety, leadership, and management. Dr. Hertig has led multiple state-wide medication safety initiatives with Indiana hospitals, and works closely with health professionals as a member of several patient safety coalitions. He holds advisory roles with the FDA and CMS, and collaborated with other national and international organizations on patient safety-related policy. Dr. Hertig's experience and focus areas include: health policy, medication safety, quality, performance improvement, and leadership development. He has published on a variety of health-related topics, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. Hertig also serves as the program director for the Medication Safety Fellowship.

Dr. Hertig received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Purdue University. Following graduation, he completed a combined PGY1/PGY2 residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH and obtained a Masters degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University. Dr. Hertig was honored in 2014 as the Indiana Health-System Pharmacist of the year, and recently received the" Excellence in Innovation" Award, from the National Alliance of Stat Pharmacy Associations and Upsher-Smith Laboratories in 2015.

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Catherine R. Scott, CPHQ

Chief Safety Performance and Improvement Officer

Education Program Manager

Catherine R. Scott is currently the Chief Safety Performance and Improvement Officer and Education Program Manager for the Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA). A registered nurse by education, Ms. Scott brings a multidisciplinary healthcare background to the forefront of medication and patient safety initiatives at CMSA. Prior to joining CMSA she was the President/CEO of a clinical corporation providing comprehensive medical, pharmacy and nursing consultation and management services to a variety of health care service environments. She has a lengthy history of professional expertise in medical and physician services, nursing service and pharmacy service Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement program development, monitoring and evaluation. She maintains a certification in professional health care quality (CPHQ) through the National Association for Healthcare Quality. In addition, she has provided database development and research management services, in addition to statistical analysis consultation for small, individual research projects as well as large multi-year, multi-site national research projects. Her years of direct involvement in veterans’ health care on the state, VISN and national level bring valuable experience to her current roles at CMSA. It is through her current CMSA roles that Ms. Scott continues to pursue and share her passion for evidence-based safe patient care practices.

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Dan Degnan, PharmD, MS, CPHQ

Senior Project Manager, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dan D. Degnan is the Senior Project Manager at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement and holds a courtesy appointment at the College as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Prior to his role at Purdue, Dr. Degnan served as the Medication Safety Officer at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN for almost 10 years. During his time at Community, the health system was recognized as a finalist for ASHP’s award for Excellence in Medication Use Safety and with a Cheers award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.

Dr. Degnan received both his Bachelors and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at Purdue University. He then completed a specialty residency in pharmacy administration and a Master’s Degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Degnan has held state and national leadership positions with professional pharmacy and healthcare quality organizations. His professional interests include: pharmacy technology, medication safety, the establishment of a “culture of safety” in pharmacy and leadership development. He lectures frequently on the role pharmacists have as leaders in medication safety and the provision safe medication practices.

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Chelsea M. Anderson, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Project Manager, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Chelsea M. Anderson is the project manager at the Center for Medication Safety Advancement and holds a courtesy appointment at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Anderson received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. As part of this program, she received a MBA in Medical Services Management from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Dr. Anderson's current role within CMSA is focused on developing research and education around medication safety within transitions of care and community pharmacy practice. Her professional interest areas include: process improvement strategies, leadership development, and ambulatory care and outpatient pharmacy based initiatives.

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Kaitlyn N. Dana, PharmD

Medication Safety Fellow, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Kaitlyn N. Dana is the Medication Safety Fellow at the Center for Medication Safety Advancement. Dr. Dana received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy Studies and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in Storrs, Connecticut. Dr. Dana will complete a 2-year Medication Safety Fellowship transitioning between CMSA, Eli Lilly, and the FDA. During her time at CMSA, she will partner on a variety of research projects and publications working towards promoting medication safety at the local and national level. Dr. Dana will also facilitate the Medication Safety course and Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Industry elective at Purdue University College of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Kathryn K. Marwitz, PharmD, MPH

Judy and Dave Hale Foundation Medication Safety Fellow, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Kathryn Marwitz is the Judy and Dave Hale Foundation Medication Safety Fellow at the Center for Medication Safety Advancement. Kathryn earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and her Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. As a medication safety fellow, Kathryn will spend two years rotating between CMSA, Eli Lilly, and FDA where she will participate in pertinent medication safety initiatives. Kathryn will also collaborate with staff at CMSA to develop research projects and participate in coordinating relevant pharmacy elective courses at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Kathryn looks forward to strengthening her knowledge base and skillset in medication safety and learning more about the ways in which pharmacists can lead medication safety initiatives.

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Lisa E. Roark

Account Manager, Center for Medication Safety Advancement

Lisa E. Roark is the Account Manager at the Center for Medication Safety Advancement (CMSA). Lisa is a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. In her role with CMSA, Lisa helps manage daily business operations; provides fiscal management and financial reporting for the CMSA recharge center and grants; and, conducts financial audits, billing, and security administration for contract work with Veterans Affairs Administration. Lisa is passionate about marketing and growing CMSA accounts as she continues to expand her role. She has a vast amount of experience in office and project management ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble and Harley-Davidson. Mrs. Roark also spent a number of years as an office manager and registrar in the Hamilton Southeastern School district. Most recently, Lisa has completed a pilot of the Purdue Supervisor Springboard Training; Principles of Lean Office; and, a continuing education course through Purdue University’s College of Engineering, Project Management Essentials.

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