Remington Honor Medal
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
4588 Parkview Place * St. Louis, MO 63110 * www.stlcop.edu
March 5, 2013
Alumnus Receives Highest Honor in Pharmacy
(St. Louis)- St. Louis College of Pharmacy alumnus Dennis K. Helling ’71 recently received the 2013 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The organization selected Helling in recognition of his innovations and advancements to the profession of pharmacy.
Helling, born in Olney, Ill., received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1971 and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. He recently retired as executive director of pharmacy operations and therapeutics for Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colo. During his career he oversaw more than 800 staff members in 29 pharmacies and influenced the expansion of pharmacists’ roles and ambulatory clinical pharmacy services.
Helling has received numerous awards for his work including the 1988 St. Louis College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus Award for Service to the Profession and the 1997 Health Care Executive of the Year Award; the 2002 American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Paul F. Parker Medal, the 2002 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practice Award, the 2003 APhA-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmaceutical Services, the 2004 APhA Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, and the 2010 ACCP Distinguished Achievement Award in Ambulatory Care. Helling gave the Commencement address for the College last May.
The Remington Honor Medal is named for Joseph P. Remington, a community pharmacist, manufacturer, and educator. The medal was established in 1918 to recognize distinguished service in the profession of pharmacy. Helling was recognized at the APhA annual meeting in Los Angeles on March 3.
About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The College integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional curriculum and introductory and advanced practice experiences where students can develop expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Beginning in 2014, the seven-year curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree will also include a Bachelor of Science. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities. More than 1,250 students are currently enrolled from 30 states and several countries. Additional information is available at www.stlcop.edu.