Stewart Peterson, PharmD, BCPS, was awarded a HealthCare Heroes award in the non-physician division on February 11, 2011.
HealthCare Heroes are awards presented to exemplary clinicians by the Corridor Business Journal, based in Coralville, Iowa. Recipients of HealthCare Heroes awards are selected based not only on achievements, but also from personal testimonies of patients receiving their care.
“He just goes above and beyond the call of duty,” said one of Peterson’s long-time patients. “I thoroughly trust his judgment. I’ve been to numerous doctors, and Stu’s treatments seem to be what’s working and holding me together.”
The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy also recognized Peterson’s expertise by naming him Community Service Preceptor of the 2009-2010 academic year for his mentorship of fourth-year pharmacy students on clinical rotations.
“Stu is one of the best pharmacists that we have,” said Bryce Jackman, RPh. and director of pharmacy at CarePro Home Care. “His depth of knowledge is unsurpassed.”
Before joining the CarePro Health Services’ home infusion team, Peterson was a resident at the University of Iowa, where he graduated from pharmacy school in 2001. In 2009, Peterson achieved certification in pharmacotherapy with the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. This certification allows him to respond to the needs of a patient by providing drug therapies, making him one of only 69 other board-certified pharmacotherapists in Iowa.
Currently, he manages the home infusion heart failure team, whose patients are the most clinically complex because of the numerous complications they can develop. Members of his team say they find him to be an invaluable resource. Richard Schirmer, R.N. and certified home infusion nurse, said Peterson is extremely dedicated not only to his research to improve patient care but also to his patients.
“He’s been a resource that I’ve gone to many times for so many things,” Schirmer said. “He’s highly knowledgeable and a great contribution to patient care.”