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The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Announces New Executive Director

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Lynnae Mahaney brings passion, dedication and pharmacy association leadership experience to the organization


WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) today named Lynnae M. Mahaney, BSPharm, MBA, FASHP, as the organization’s new Executive Director. In her new role, Mahaney leads the Center’s strategic direction, operations and the management and delivery of pharmacy practice accreditation programs in the healthcare marketplace.

Mahaney joins CPPA from her position as Vice President Hospital and Health System Services, for Visante Inc., Minneapolis, MN, where she managed consultant services for hospitals and health systems in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

“We are excited to welcome Lynnae as the new leader of CPPA,” said Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA, President of the CPPA Board of Directors. “Her commitment to the advancement of the profession is evident from her diverse practice experiences, her leadership and volunteerism as well as the enthusiasm she brings to this important new direction for pharmacy.”

“Accreditation is the profession’s way of promising patients that our services are of high quality and truly topnotch,” Mahaney said. “I feel very passionate about this special kind of contract we as pharmacists have with patients, and I look forward to advancing accreditation in pharmacy settings of all types.”

Prior to Visante, Mahaney was Chief of Pharmacy for the Wm. S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison, WI, where she provided project management services. Before this, she was the Director of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation in Madison. In this position she was responsible for operation of its six community pharmacies, an infusion service, and the purchase and distribution of pharmaceuticals for its 35 clinic locations. Previousy she was Director of Pharmacy at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay and Manager of Operations for Pharmacy Services at Meriter Hospital, Inc. in Madison, WI. In all of these positions she has been involved with various accreditation programs.

Mahaney earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and a Master of Business Education – Executive Program from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. For 25 years, she has been a student preceptor for the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy.

Throughout her career, Mahaney has served on numerous committees and professional boards. Mahaney served the pharmacy profession as president of ASHP, 2009–2011, and on the ASHP Board of Directors, 2004–2011.She was the Board Chair of ASHP's Research and Education Foundation and a board member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. She received the Citation of Merit from the University of Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy in 2012 and was named the 2004 Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. In 1995 she received the President's Award from the Wisconsin Society of Health System Pharmacists. She is a sought-after speaker and has consistently contributed to the professional literature.

About CPPA
The Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation is a 501 (c) (6) nonprofit organization created by the American Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. CPPA develops and implements comprehensive programs of pharmacy practice site accreditation, including the promotion, development and maintenance of principles, policies and standards. CPPA offers the general public and users of pharmacy services a means of identifying those pharmacies that satisfy the accreditation criteria and are focused on advancing patient care, safety and quality. For more information, please visit http://cppa.pharmacist.com.

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