Lewis Drug VP honored by SDPhA

Bill Ladwig receives 2011 Hustead Award

PIERRE, S.D. — Lewis Drug's VP professional services William "Bill" Ladwig has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Hustead Award by the South Dakota Pharmacists Association, Lewis Drug has announced.

Ladwig, who has worked for Lewis Drug for 33 years, was selected by his peers in honor of the dedication and service he has shown toward the profession of pharmacy. The award was presented to Ladwig at the association's recent 125th Annual Convention at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Hustead Award recognizes contributions or service during a career for significant accomplishments that impact the profession in a positive manner. The Hustead Award stresses both the individual's professional career and the impact they have made on the profession, as well as their community service and personal activities.

"Bill has demonstrated the dedication, resourcefulness, service and caring that has made pharmacy one of the most respected professions in our country," SDPhA president Earl Hinricher said.

Ladwig has participated in numerous committees, including the syringe disposal program with Minnehaha County and the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center; Melanoma Monday Detections Screening; and Growing Healthy Initiative to combat childhood obesity, where they changed the school meal program and promoted healthy food awareness and exercise. Ladwig also received the Hammer Award from former vice president Al Gore. His roles also were crucial in the Sioux Falls first mass immunization program and, most recently, "The Big Squeeze," for high blood pressure awareness and detection.

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