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2005 Latiolais Award Recipient


James A Visconti

John A. Armitstead is Director of Pharmacy Services, Assistant Dean for Medical Center Pharmacy Services and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky Hospital and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. As Director of Pharmacy Services, Mr. Armitstead is responsible for providing managerial, professional and academic leadership at one of America's leading academic medical centers to a staff of over 170 personnel and 16 post-doctoral residents in five ASHP accredited residency programs. He is committed to providing a professional practice environment with a "Best Practice" philosophy as part of the UK HealthCare mission of practice, education and research. Operationally, UK HealthCare provides service to an acute care hospital with 473 licensed adult beds including Kentucky Children's Hospital, the Gill Heart Hospital, the Markey Cancer Center and Center for Advanced Surgery. Outpatient services are provided to a multi-site clinic system and include provision of service areas such as the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program, Markey Cancer Center, Hemophilia Treatment Center and Student Health Center. The Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy fills 1000 prescriptions per day, and the overall pharmacy revenue approaches $100,000,000 annually.

Prior to the University of Kentucky, Mr. Armitstead was Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs at the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy. Immediately prior to this position, Mr. Armitstead was Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. During this period, he developed and implemented innovative clinical pharmacy services, was Director of the University of Cincinnati Hospital Residency Programs and was designated as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (1996).

Mr. Armitstead's early professional years started in New York City in the United States Public Health System Hospital as an intern. Although first practicing as a hospital pharmacist in Springfield, Ohio, Mr. Armitstead determined that the MS/Residency Program at Ohio State was the program to enter to develop a leadership role in the implementation and maturation of clinical pharmacy practice. He credits the MS/Residency as the cornerstone for his career. After completing the MS/Residency, Mr. Armitstead practiced as a Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist at The Ohio State University Hospital; Critical Care Supervisor, Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations and Assistant Director of Clinical Services at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Mr. Armitstead is currently a member of the University Health-System Consortium Executive Committee, Chair of the UHC Strategy and Tactics Committee, the Novation Pharmacy Executive Committee, President of the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bluegrass Pharmacist Association Board, Chair of the Lexington/Fayette County Pharmacy Counter Terrorism Committee and Chair of the Southeast Residency Conference. He is a Past President of the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists, was awarded the KPhA Professional Promotion Award, KSHP Pharmacist of the Year, designated a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor and has served on the ASHP Council of Organizational Affairs, in the ASHP House of Delegates for Ohio and Kentucky and was a 2004 winner of one of the ASHP Best Practice Awards.

Mr. Armitstead is the son of a minister and nurse, a Bachelor of Science graduate of Ohio Northern University (1979) and a Master of Science in Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy Graduate from The Ohio State University (1982). He completed a 2-year residency at the Riverside Methodist Hospital (1982). Mr. Armitstead credits his success to his mentors Clifton J. Latiolais, Thomas P. Sherrin, Philip J. Schneider, Timothy D. Moore, Donald N. Schneider, Marianne F. Ivey and Max L. Hunt, Jr. and is indebted to his wife, Ima Darling Armitstead to whom he has been married for 24 wonderful years (with two children).

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