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2018 Bowl of Hygeia Awarded to Ronda Lacey, J.D., R.Ph. of Birmingham, Ala.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
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June 20, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - On June 12, 2018 Ronda Lacey, J.D., R.Ph., of Birmingham, received the Bowl of Hygeia Award at the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s (APA) 137th Annual Convention held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Ala. The Bowl of Hygeia is considered one of pharmacy’s highest awards; it is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The recipients are selected by their respective associations for their outstanding record of community service and have distinguished themselves through their actions.

“This award is not about being a good pharmacist, it is more about being a humanitarian,” said Louise Jones, APA Executive Director. “Although pharmacists are typically servant-hearted, there are a few that really stand out. Ronda Lacy is certainly one of those people.”

Lacy has the rare distinction of being both a pharmacist and an attorney, having received her Juris Doctor from Birmingham School of Law in 1980, and her pharmacy degree from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in 1995. In addition, she was an adjunct professor of pharmacy law at Samford University and she is commander of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AL-1 DMAT) located in Birmingham, with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). DMAT teams serve our country during disasters, emergencies and large-scale national security events. The teams provide emergency care when the medical system is not able to provide for the immediate needs of the community or when the medical system is not operational due to damage or power outages.

After Hurricane Maria in 2017, Lacey deployed to Puerto Rico to lead a team of medical and support personnel stationed on Pier III in San Juan. The team partnered with the hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, and in a 12 day period, were able to see and treat the needs of over 4,300 patients ranging from those needing prescription refills, having ailments such as severe respiratory infections, or with injuries like gunshot wounds. “Whether helping students pass the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination or traveling to the sight of a disaster, Ronda consistently puts others before herself and serves as an example to us all,” said Jones. “We are so proud to recognize her outstanding service to others with this award – it is well deserved.”

The Alabama Pharmacy Association is a nonprofit professional organization with over 2,600 members statewide. The APA offers continuing education programs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and members take a leading role in lobbying for pharmacy at the state and national level. The APA was established in 1881 and is the oldest professional organization for pharmacy in the state. APA members represent all practices of pharmacy and are committed to their profession and their patients. 

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