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Five pharmacists at the Southwest Montana Community Health Center in Butte have earned prestigious board-certified designations in ambulatory and geriatric pharmacy care.

Pharmacists Tammy Cox, Marcus Paske and Jennifer Miranda have successfully completed the ambulatory care certification process while pharmacists Katie McGree and Gary Hadley have been awarded board certification in geriatric pharmacy.

Only 17 pharmacists in Montana have earned the ambulatory care designation and the SWMTCHC is home to three of them. Fourteen pharmacists statewide have received geriatric pharmacy certifications and two of those are SWMTCHC pharmacists.

“Board certification ensures that our patients benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our pharmacists and their staff,” said Jennifer Malone, CEO of the private, nonprofit clinic. “They are an integral part of our team approach which delivers quality healthcare and improved patient outcomes.”

Certified ambulatory pharmacists help patients who have complex illnesses and medications by educating and engaging patients in their care. They also help manage patient care in between provider visits, optimize medication choices and adjust doses, monitor compliance, and help build partnerships with patients and their families and caregivers.

Pharmacists who are certified in geriatric pharmacy care provide pharmaceutical care to the elderly, including wellness, treatment, monitoring and patient safety services. Their expertise also helps focus on the needs of older patients who may have concurrent illnesses and who are taking multiple medications.

“We are happy to provide these specialized medication management services to our patients,” said Cox, the Director of Pharmacy Services. “We believe that board certification allows us to focus on the special needs of our patients to help them lead healthier lives.”

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