OSF HealthCare Pharmacist Receives Certification

7/12/2018 - Ottawa, Illinois

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    Mike O'Connell

Mike O’Connell, Pharmacist at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, was awarded a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) designation upon successfully passing the certification exam offered by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS).  The premier post-licensure certification organization, which serves the pharmacy profession, announced the results of the spring earlier this week.

“Mike went above and beyond what is required to practice as a pharmacist, and we are very proud of him,” stated Charles George, Regional Manager of Pharmacy Operations for OSF HealthCare.  “He is the first pharmacist at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center to receive the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist designation.”

As a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, O’Connell demonstrates his advanced knowledge and ability to perform a variety of tasks designed to improve patient outcomes:

  • Optimizing medication use
  • Providing direct patient care
  • Designing medication therapy regimens
  • Tracking progress and compliance
  • Recommending adjustments to dosage or alternate medications
  • Suggesting diet and lifestyle changes to patients

“BPS is proud to recognize these specialists, who have committed to continuous professional development in order to provide the highest quality patient care,” stated BPS Executive Director, William M. Ellis, MS, RPh. 

Through the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacists stand out as the most qualified to accept today’s expanding professional expectations.


About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties 

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The mission of BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 38,000 active pharmacist certifications in nine specialties.