PUBLISHED: 11:12 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
SEARHC pharmacist wins awards
HAINES - Dean Goroski, the clinical pharmacist at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center, recently received two awards from the U.S. Public Health Service.

Goroski, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was honored with a U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Medal for work he did at the Alaska Native Medical Center before he arrived at the SEARHC Haines Health Center in October.

He also became certified by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialities as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist after passing the required exam earlier this year.

  Dean Goroski
"There are many outstanding officers in the United States Public Health Service making significant contributions on a daily basis to the health and welfare of the nation," LCDR Goroski said.

"I am honored that my peers chose to recognize my contribution."

To earn the Commendation Medal, LCDR Goroski developed and managed a home infusion pharmacy service at Alaska Native Medical Center, so patient needs could be met in a more comfortable home environment.

According to paperwork justifying the award, the home infusion pharmacy service LCDR Goroski implemented during 2005 was the first of its kind in the Indian Health Service and now serves as a model for the nation.

Not only were patients able to be treated at home, but the program helped ANMC free up hospital beds for other patients, saving 1,800 inpatient days and more than $1 million in costs during the first year of the program.

LCDR Goroski also was honored for running the ANMC pharmacy's sterile products compounding quality assurance program and he worked on a program for the prevention of respiratory syncycial virus disease in children.

"He's an outstanding pharmacist and in the short time he's been here, he's implemented several improvements that have increased efficiency and significantly reduced pharmacy costs," SEARHC Haines Health Center Clinic Administrator Marcia Scott said of LCDR Goroski.

"He's been a great resource for providers and nurses, providing education and participating in our pain management program. He's even participated in patient care during emergencies, helping with IV (intravenous) medications.

"He really takes time with patients to provide medication counseling and answer their questions. His contributions to improving patient care have been remarkable, and we're fortunate to have him here."