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UW bestows Distinguished Retiree Excellence Award to UWSOP Alumna and Professor Emerita Joy Plein

UWSOP Faculty Emerita and 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award recipient, Joy Plein
UWSOP Faculty Emerita and 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award recipient, Joy Plein

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Professor Emerita Joy Plein, ’51, ’56, has been named the recipient of the 2017 UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award!

This award is designated to honor a retiree for excellence in service that exemplifies the University’s values with special distinction and is chosen based on the individual’s contributions in service to the community, including the University, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

This award celebrates Joy’s lifetime of service and the positive impact she has had on the lives of those in our community by her commitment and unwavering dedication to future pharmacists and continued excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy.

Joy’s devotion to the field of pharmacy and continued commitment to senior care pharmacy is evident in her years of service, multiple honors and awards, and her work in development of the Certificate Program in Geriatric Pharmacy, which she began thirty years ago.

We are forever thankful for the tremendous commitment Joy and her husband Elmer Plein have bestowed to geriatric research and education by the establishment of the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach. Joy and Elmer, along with other UW faculty colleagues, pioneered the education and training of geriatric pharmacy care specialists, a specialty that is increasingly in high demand. The Plein Center will expand our role as a leader in the field of geriatric pharmacy to encompass the breadth of disciplines within the School of Pharmacy and beyond.

The new research center will promote the discovery and optimal use of medications in older adults through research, education, and outreach. Research will bring together the depth of UWSOP’s practice, outcomes and bench science research in basic biomedical, translational, clinical, and health services studies. The Plein Center will also include training programs in geriatrics for PharmD students and others, building on the existing Plein Certificate Program in Geriatric Pharmacy.

Joy will be presented with her award at the Awards of Excellence ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2017, with a reception and dinner along with other award recipients.

Please join us in thanking Joy for her ongoing service to the School of Pharmacy, the University and community at large. It’s an exciting and well-deserved recognition!


Click here to learn more about the Plein Certificate in Geriatric Pharmacy.

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