Dr. Lindsey Valenzuela receives 2019 Community Pharmacy Innovation in Quality Award
(May 28, 2019 – Palm Springs, CA) On May 16, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) and the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) honored an individual and a community pharmacy, whose innovative practices have improved care quality, medication optimization, and patient outcomes.
Winning in the individual category was Lindsey Valenzuela, PharmD, APh, BCACP, who is Administrator of Population Health and Prescription Management (PHARxM) for Desert Oasis Healthcare. Dr. Valenzuela was recognized for her leadership of a team of 24 pharmacists, three pharmacy residents, and many technicians.
This team supports thousands of patients, most of whom are living with multiple, complex chronic conditions and may require multiple medication therapies. Valenzuela implemented an innovative, pharmacist-led, personalized care model that provides medication therapy management services and structured care plans to manage disease.
“These awards are a celebration of innovation and progressive practice in community pharmacy. Through the broad uptake of the creative, best practices like those pioneered by Dr. Valenzuela and Towncrest Pharmacy, community pharmacy will ensure its position as a key partner in value-based, patient-centered care.”
Brian Jensen, a CPF Board member and former PQA Board member
“Congratulations to Towncrest Pharmacy also for their transformational work. While I am humbled by this honor, I really share it with all of my team,” said Dr. Valenzuela. “This is only possible because of the hard work my team does every day and the awesome support we get from DOHC senior management. They are truly committed to providing only the best in managed care for our patients.”
As part of this effort, Valenzuela has pioneered the implementation of digital medicines through Proteus Discover, which feature FDA-approved ingestible sensors that help her team improve patient care. She continued, “We are really excited about our ongoing partnership with Proteus Digital Health for helping our patients with digital medicines. It’s already shown great success for a number of our patients.”
Director of Marketing
Desert Oasis Healthcare
About Desert Oasis Healthcare
Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit www.mydohc.com.
About Proteus Digital Health®
Proteus Digital Health is enabling a new category of pharmaceuticals: Digital Medicines. These include widely used drugs, formulated so they communicate when they have been ingested; a wearable patch that detects medicines and captures physiologic response; mobile applications to support patient self-care and physician decision-making; and data analytics to serve the needs of health system managers. The company has more than 450 issued patents that protect this enabling technology, and regulatory clearances in the U.S., European Union and China. Proteus Digital Health is privately held by investors that include Carlyle, Essex Woodlands, Kaiser Permanente®, Medtronic®, Novartis®, Otsuka, and ON Semiconductor®. Further information is available at www.proteus.com. Connect with us on Twitter @ProteusDH.