BCH's Chris Zielenski, a pharmacy clinical coordinator at
Foothills Hospital, has been named a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner by the
Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) and American Sentinel University.
The award recognizes Zielenski as an exceptional health care professional.
Colorado Health Care Stars is a statewide health care professional award
recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and CHA.
The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge clinical professionals
in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.
Zielenski is an invaluable resource for Boulder Community Health and plays
a key role in formulary management that provides top quality care while
controlling medication costs.
“Chris works diligently on preventing medication errors. Patient
safety is his top priority. He plays a key role in meetings that have
an enormous impact on our pharmaceutical budget,” says Casey Diekmann,
Director of Pharmacy at Boulder Community Health. “Chris takes formulary
recommendations very seriously, he’s always prepared and uses evidence-based
literature to make informed decisions about formulary changes, drug formulary
removals and substitutions.”
Diekmann says that during this current state of drug price inflation, Zielenski
helped BCH save close to $500,000 on pharmaceutical expenditures in 2016
while maintaining patient safety and clinical standards.
Zielenski spearheaded Boulder Community Health’s
pharmacy residency program and was instrumental in obtaining funding to jumpstart the program.
He’s also worked with infectious disease specialist
Dr. Amy Medlitz to develop an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, and more.
“I could write pages on initiatives that Chris has been involved
with at BCH. He’s a great role model for our profession and a health
care star in the real sense of the word,” says Diekmann.
“Chris’ commitment and passion to his role as clinical coordinator
at Boulder Community Health are what makes a career in health care so
rewarding,” says Chris Wolfe, Director of Program Strategy and Alliances
at American Sentinel University. “We are proud to recognize Chris’
invaluable efforts by naming him a 2016 Health Care Star.”
(Photo: Officials with Casey Diekmann, gentleman on left, and Chris Zielenski.)