By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – A pharmacist working in the Williamson area has been honored for outstanding community service.
Nicole D. McNamee was selected by the West Virginia Pharmacist’s Association as a 2014 Bowl of Hygeia Award for her community service. McNamee was presented with the award at the West Virginia Pharmacists Association’s Installation and Awards dinner on Saturday.
“I was very honored to receive the award,” McNamee told the Daily News on Tueday. “It is definitely an honor. I have known about the Hygeia award, but I never expected to be honored with it. It is a big honor and I was very excited to be recognized.”
McNamee graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997. She has been the owner and operator of Hurley Drug Company, a pharmacy which provides medication therapy management, pharmaceutical care, immunizations, and diabetes education to patients in Williamson, for 15 years .
“My dad was a pharmacist and I always saw him help people,” McNamee said. “He was always involved and so I became excited to become involved and work here and serve the area. I think it’s important to come back and give back to our community.”
In addition to her work in pharmacy, McNamee served on the Williamson City Council from 1999 to 2007. During that time, she secured a grant to have a dilapidated grade school building torn down and replaced with a playground for children. She also worked with civic leaders to build the Mingo County Department of Health and Human Resources building in Williamson.
McNamee completed the American Pharmacists Association’s Diabetes certification program, and provides diabetes care to West Virginia public employees. She also provides Medicare Part D counseling and has been certified to give immunizations since 2009. She has been an active member of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association since 1997 and a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association as well.
The Bowl of Hygeia is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and the American Pharmacists Association, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities. The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacist associations, including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition to service through their local, state and national pharmacy associations, award recipients have devoted their time, talent and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service.
Information regarding contributing to the Bowl of Hygeia future is available by contacting the APhA Foundation at 202-429-7565 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.