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Forinash Receives ACCP Clinical Practice Award for Innovations in Maternal and Fetal Care

Published on 01 October 2019

Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) with its 2019 Clinical Practice Award. The honor is presented annually to an ACCP member who has developed an innovative clinical pharmacy service, provided innovative documentation of the impact of clinical pharmacy services, demonstrated leadership in the development of cost-effective clinical pharmacy services or shown sustained excellence in providing clinical pharmacy services. 

Serving as a clinical pharmacist specialist in obstetrics, Forinash was recognized for her outstanding clinical practice work and her efforts to educate and inspire pharmacy students from the College.

In 2007, Forinash was responsible for the creation of a clinical practice in the Maternal and Fetal Care Center at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. In her role as a clinical pharmacy specialist, she is responsible for helping to manage chronic medical conditions in high-risk obstetrics patients. Over the years, her work has included treating pregnant patients with asthma, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, hypertension, diabetes, opioid addiction and other acute pregnancy conditions. She also assists patients with smoking cessation and the management of acute pregnancy conditions and preventative health issues, and evaluates medication safety during pregnancy and lactation.

In addition to her role at the Maternal Fetal Care Centers, she has also served as the clinical pharmacy specialist at the Women and Infant Substance Help (WISH) Center at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital since its creation in 2014. The center, which expanded in 2016, provides comprehensive, high-risk maternity care for women who are dependent on opioids or other substances. At the WISH Center, Forinash helps patients manage chronic medical conditions, and her significant accomplishments include assisting in the development of the center’s educational materials and the institution of a vaccination program to provide preventative care.

Forinash is also the residency program director for the College’s PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital. As a dedicated teacher and mentor, she works closely with students and residents, many of whom have gone on to also specialize in women’s health.

“Dr. Forinash has a long record of sustained excellence in providing clinical pharmacy services in women’s health and maternal-fetal medicine,” said Brenda Gleason, Pharm.D., interim dean designate, assistant vice president of academic relations, and professor of pharmacy practice at the College. “She has been, and continues to be, a trailblazer in this specialty area.”

Forinash will be formally recognized with her award during the 2019 ACCP Annual Meeting in New York, on Oct. 27.

“I am both surprised and honored to be recognized by ACCP in this manner,” said Forinash. “I am grateful to STLCOP and SSM Health St. Mary’s for giving me the opportunity to pursue my passions for patient care and women’s health education.”

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