2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Donald Kuntz, BSP
Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Family of Companies
Don Kuntz graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1981. His career in hospital pharmacy began in the fall of 1981 when he joined the research team studying workload measurement under then Dean Bruce Schnell, travelling Canada and observing hospital pharmacists and technicians in action. In 1983, Don accepted his first hospital pharmacist job at the now closed Plains Health Centre in Regina. The plan was to stay for six months, and now 33 years later, his career with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region pharmacy services continues. After working as a staff pharmacist for 12 years, he began his role as a clinical coordinator with a cardiology focus for 10 years. When a clinical coordinator role was created at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre to enhance clinical pharmacy at this facility, Don accepted the challenge. A major initiative in 2005 began with a Saskatchewan Health Quality Council Research Grant to establish medication reconciliation on admission to long term care and reduce polypharmacy. The process has evolved into a full pharmaceutical care consultation, allergy verification and vaccination history plus medication reconciliation for each admission. Over the past 12 years, Don has been clinical coordinator for the anticoagulation clinic and the renal program including dialysis, transplant and chronic renal failure clinic pharmacists. Don was seconded to the Quality Improvement Unit in 2008-9 as manager of the medication reconciliation on admission initiative to acute care for the health region.
Don received the Saskatchewan Branch Pharmacist of the Year in 2005, the JL Summers Achievement Award in 2010, and two CSHP Pharmaceutical Care Awards in 2000 and 2001. He was a finalist for the Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award in 2005. Don received a Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists Presidential Citation in April 2015.
Don has been a preceptor for pharmacy residents in cardiology, anticoagulation long term care/geriatrics rotations for the past 25 years in addition to SPEP, students and interns.
A CSHP member since 1981, Don has served on education and finance committees at the branch level and as Branch Delegate for eight years. Don has served on national committees, work groups, task forces, and steering committees, including strategic planning, AGM host committee, CSHP 2015 Initiative, and Key Performance Indicator Collaborative.
Don continues to be a clinical coordinator in Regina at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre where he focuses on direct care to patients with high level needs.
Don was recognized at a formal awards ceremony at the 47th Annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC). The ceremony was held on January 31, 2016, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.