Richard Smiga Awarded 2012 PPA Bowl Of Hygeia

Rich Smiga (P'84) was the 2012 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia award presented at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) Annual Conference in Scranton, PA, on September 22. This award, which is part of a national awards program sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) with support from Boehringer Ingelheim, is granted to recognize and honor a Pennsylvania pharmacist who has demonstrated sustained commitment to community service, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, which reflects well on the profession of pharmacy.

Richard Smiga began his career with Thrift Drug Company in Pittsburgh, PA, as a pharmacy intern ascending through the ranks post-graduation from assistant pharmacy manager to manager within a year. His exemplary performance as store manager led to a promotion as district pharmacy supervisor in Lancaster, PA, where he was responsible for the operations of 35 individual store units. In recognition of his service to the profession, he was recognized by Duquesne University with its Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. In 2005, he accepted a position as Vice-President of Pharmacy Operations with Care Capital Management, an umbrella organization that focuses on pharmacy retail, long-term care and institutional services.

Care Capital provides health screenings, delivery services, and medication therapy management services to its patients. Its closed door pharmacy specialty services offer dispensing services as well as medication chart reviews. In 2008, Smiga became Care Capital's HIPA A Privacy and Security Officer and CEO, and in 2009 he began a second term as Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy. In his personal time, Smiga volunteers with a Montessori School, the Children's Miracle Network, the Lancaster area Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way. He is a member of the Superintendents Parent Advisory Committee and is a corporate Team Chairman.

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