LAS VEGAS — Cardinal Health on Sunday named Theresa Tolle, owner of Bay Street Pharmacy in Sebastian, Fla., as the recipient of its Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award at its annual Retail Business Conference.
The award honors a retail independent pharmacist who promotes the ideals of community pharmacy and was created in honor of Tampa, Fla., independent pharmacist Ken Wurster. Wurster was highly regarded for his commitment to serving his customers, epitomizing the role of a pharmacist who took responsibility for the wellness of his community.
Tolle was selected from among more than 50 nominees for her extraordinary community commitment and for offering highly personalized care to her patients.
For example, Tolle employs higher-than-average pharmacy staffing ratios in her store in an effort to spend more time with patients. She also employs a registered nurse to work with diabetic patients and makes house calls. For the last three years, Tolle has been recognized by the Florida Pharmacy Association for her outstanding leadership, mentorship and motivation with the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2008, the IPA Roman Maximo Corrons Inspiration and Motivation Award in 2009, and the Jean Lamberti Leadership/Mentorship Award in 2010.
In honor of Tolle’s commitment to community service, Cardinal Health will donate $10,000 in her name to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.