Toronto, ON (May 30, 2015) – Guelph pharmacist Danny Lui has been named the 2016 Patient Impact Award winner by the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). The award will be presented in on Saturday, June 11, 2016, as part of the Association’s annual conference in Toronto.
“Danny Lui is an excellent example of the many positive ways in which a community pharmacist can support health and well-being of patients,” says Dennis Darby, CEO, OPA. “We are pleased to be able to recognize his commitment to patient care by presenting him with the 2016 Patient Impact Award.”
As the pharmacist owner of Prime Care Pharmacy in Guelph, Lui connects with a diverse population on a daily basis including seniors living within the large retirement community that houses the pharmacy, University of Guelph students, and members of the many community programs that he and his team support.
“Working in a community pharmacy setting for 26 years, it has been a blessing to provide support and build relationships with three generations of families,” says Lui.
Lui is a well-known presence at Hospice Wellington, the ARCH Clinic, Sanguen Health Centre, Community Living Guelph Wellington, Hopewell Children’s Homes, Village by the Arboretum, and Stonehenge Therapeutic Centre, to name a few. Despite the varied nature of these programs, Danny works to provide personalized care and to meet the unique health needs of each and every patient. He focuses particular care and attention on his large population of patients living with HIV. Whether it is personally delivering their medications, providing education to reduce the stigmas associated with HIV, or studying their various drug regimens, Danny aims to maximize the quality of life and care for these individuals and their families. He also takes a special interest in those recovering from addictions at Stonehenge Therapeutic Community. In addition to providing their medications and sharing his knowledge regarding their drug regimens, Danny supports transitional housing for individuals discharged from the facility and who are trying to re-enter the community.
When asked about the most rewarding part about being a pharmacist, Lui says that it’s helping patients and their families to manage complex care plans, watching their medical conditions improve, and seeing their quality of life increase.
When not working, Lui spends much of his time volunteering. He sits on the Board of Directors for Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Sanguen Health Centre, and is a past Board member of Community Care Access Centre, Hospice Wellington, and Stonehenge Therapeutic Community.
He has received numerous awards for his dedication to his patients and his community, including the Masai Centre’s Community Service Award (2010), which recognized his support, dedication, and generosity to the Guelph and Wellington Community. Last year, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community planted a tree in his honour to acknowledge the work he has done for the organization and its clients.
About The Ontario Pharmacists Association
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession, and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and continuing education and drug information provider for pharmacists, the Association represents pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.
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