St. Joseph Mercy Specialist Named Pharmacist of the Year


ANN ARBOR — Curtis Collins, a pharmacist specializing in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, was named the 2013 Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacist of the Year at the group’s annual meeting last month.

Collins was recognized for his ongoing dedication to patients as well as his outstanding service and commitment to the profession. Shortly after taking a position with the clinical pharmacy team at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, he spearheaded antimicrobial stewardship efforts within the organization and across CHE Trinity Health. He provided relief and support to the organization’s ongoing response to the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Collins’ career has been marked by continued dedication to professional organizations, including the National Quality Forum, the National Priorities Partnership, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. He was recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has been very active within the organization including service on the Council on Pharmacy Practice and the Council on Therapeutics. 

Collins’ activities within the state of Michigan include service to the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists where he helped organize a statewide infectious diseases pharmacist network and was a member of the MSHP Board of Directors and other MSHP committees.  He serves as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and infectious diseases fellows, as well as student pharmacists from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. 

Collins received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University.  He received a Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.