SingleCare's "Best of the Best" Pharmacy Awards honors pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, the COVID-19 pandemic's unsung health care heroes.
SingleCare, the free prescription savings service, today announced the winners of its second annual "Best of the Best" Pharmacy Awards. The awards honor exceptional pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies in communities across the U.S., recognizing excellence in service, education, and savings.
This year, it’s particularly meaningful to honor these heroes of healthcare, who have served an essential need for millions of people across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Common attributes of winners include providing patients with friendly and caring service, and helpful insights about prescription options and how they can save money on their medications.
“We’re proud to shine a spotlight on these remarkable pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who consistently go above and beyond to serve our SingleCare customers," said Rick Bates, founder and CEO of SingleCare. “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, these winners have remained committed on the front lines to help people in their communities access the medications they need to stay healthy.”
Award winners were determined based on an evaluation by SingleCare’s editorial board, including past Best of the Best pharmacy winners. Thousands of nominations were received for the 2020 awards and in total, 15 award winners were recognized, with 5 receiving honorable mentions.
2020 Best of the Best Award Winners:
Best Pharmacist — Palmira Khalil, CVS, Goose Creek, S.C.
Best Pharmacy Technician — Hector Torres, Walgreens, Plant City, Fla.
Best Pharmacy — Walgreens, 11930 Standiford Plaza Drive, Louisville, Ky.
COVID Cares Pharmacist — Sammy Yafai, CVS, Auburndale, N.Y.
Best Pharmacy Mentor — Meredith Mead, CVS, Exeter, Pa.
Best Pharmacy Duo — Jesse Pena and Joseph Pena, H-E-B, San Antonio, Texas
Most Creative Pharmacist — Alaine Knecht, CVS, Baton Rouge, La.
Exceptional Service — Becky Walsh, Walmart, Hazlehurst, Ga.
Best Pharmacy Technician for Service — Sabine Sell, Kroger, Columbia, S.C.
Best Pharmacy for Service — Walgreens, 826 N. Main St., Shelbyville, Tenn.
Lifetime Achievement — Elisa Avila, H-E-B, Corpus Christi, Texas
Best Up-and-Coming Pharmacist — Cosmacelenia Hernandez, Walgreens, San Antonio, Texas
Most Empathetic Pharmacy Technician — Katherine Romer, Kroger, Covington, Ga.
Best Pharmacy for Education — Walgreens, 1798 North Parham Road, Richmond, Va.
Most Influential Pharmacist — Lisa King, Scottsdale, Ariz.