Helling, Lutz re-elected to APhA Foundation

WASHINGTON — The APhA Foundation said Tuesday that it has re-elected two prominent pharmacy leaders to its board of directors. Dennis Helling and Eugene Lutz will be officially installed at the American Pharmacist Association’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Seattle on March 25 to 28.

Lutz, who served two terms on the APhA Board of Trustees and as president of APhA, is co-owner and president of Lutz Pharmacy and Lutz Long Term Care Pharmacy in Altoona, Iowa. He is past president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. He also is active internationally and serves on the executive committee of the Community Pharmacy Section of Federation International Pharmacy. He has served on numerous local, state and national committees and as a member of the APhA House of Delegates since 1980.

Lutz’s pharmacy was 1-of-12 pilots in the development of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical care “re-engineering project.” He participated in the APhA Foundation’s Project ImPACT and several other projects designed to demonstrate the pharmacist’s role in medication management. His practice includes long-term care, compounding, lipid, asthma and diabetes management and immunizations.

Helling, who serves with numerous pharmacy organizations, is executive director of pharmacy operations and therapeutics for Kaiser Permanente in Denver, where he oversees more than 800 employees at 29 pharmacies and “influences the expansion of pharmacists’ roles and ambulatory clinical pharmacy services,” according to the APhA. He is a clinical professor with the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and is VP of the board of directors for The Denver Hospice.

In his research and practice, Helling has documented the impact pharmacists have on improving patient outcomes and the costs of health care. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two Pinnacle Awards from the APhA Foundation’s Quality Center.

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