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2018 Delaware Valley Society of Health-System Pharmacists Jonathan Roberts Award Lecture

Friday, November 2, 2018  
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On October 16, 2018, approximately 50 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students gathered at Popi’s Italian Restaurant for the annual Jonathan Roberts Award Lecture. This year, this prestigious honor was awarded to Jill Huzinec, RPh, CPPS, the Director of Patient Safety, Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. With a plethora of experiences and certifications such as in patient safety behind her, she implemented a program that assisted those on the other side of a health safety issue. The program that Jill implemented was “Care for Care Provider” and was created to assist the staff or “second victims” who are also truly affected on the matter. 

After being presented with the award, Ms. Huzinec began her emotionally charged speech titled “Implementing a Second Victim Support Program”. Throughout the night, Ms. Huzinec shared personal stories of second victims that she had worked with, in addition to covering stories that had been in the news. She taught us all that there is more than one person affected when a medication error issue arises. Her lecture inspired others to serve as reliable peers in situations where a mistake is made. Second victims are becoming more recognized, and thanks to Ms. Huzinec more awareness has been brought to this topic. 

Additionally, another exciting moment was when Jen Andres was sworn in as our new Board member! We are excited to have a wonderful pharmacist join the DVSHP Board.
Overall, the night was filled with emotion, storytelling, networking, and human to human bonding. Ms. Huzinec’s lecture touched everyone in the room and was well deserving of the distinguished award she was presented. We are looking forward to hearing more about her work in the Second Victim Support Program! 
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