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Cardinal Health Recognizes Independent Pharmacist Theresa Tolle for Outstanding Community Leadership

Company to donate $10,000 to University of Florida College of Pharmacy in honor of Tolle’s Outstanding Commitment to Community Involvement

LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2011 — At its annual Retail Business Conference in Las Vegas, Cardinal Health named Theresa Tolle, owner of Bay Street Pharmacy of Sebastian, Fla., as the recipient of its annual Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award.

The award, which each year honors a retail independent pharmacist who promotes the ideals of community pharmacy, was created in honor of Tampa, Fla., independent pharmacist Ken Wurster, who passed away in 2008. Wurster was highly regarded for his commitment to serving his customers, epitomizing the role of a pharmacist who took responsibility for the wellness of his community.

Community pharmacists and Cardinal Health employees were encouraged to submit nominations for this award, and all nominees were judged on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Community leadership and involvement
  • Ability to inspire others
  • Willingness to go above and beyond the day-to-day operations of a retail independent pharmacy to make sure patients come first

The Wurster Award selection committee, comprised of Cardinal Health leaders and employees, and its Retail Advisory Board member pharmacists, indicated that Tolle was selected from among more than 50 nominees for her extraordinary community commitment, and for offering highly personalized care to her patients.

For example, she employs higher-than-average pharmacy staffing ratios in her store, to enable her to spend more time with patients. She also employs a registered nurse to work with diabetic patients, and often makes house calls to extend her personal care and attention to patients who are unable to visit her pharmacy. For the last three years, Tolle has been recognized by the Florida Pharmacy Association for her outstanding leadership, mentorship and motivation with the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2008, the IPA Roman Maximo Corrons Inspiration and Motivation Award in 2009, and the Jean Lamberti Leadership/Mentorship Award in 2010.

Along with her workplace leadership, Tolle is dedicated to community service. She is an active member of the American Cancer Society and was voted her chapter’s 2006 Volunteer of the Year. She also has served in multiple leadership positions for her local Relay for Life, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society. She is also committed to directly serving children, volunteering as a 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday school teacher at her church and teaching children on a missions trip to Tipitapa, Nicaragua, in 2010. She was also named as her hometown’s “Woman of the Year” in 2010.

In honor of Tolle’s commitment to community service, Cardinal Health will donate $10,000 in her name to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Additional finalists for the 2011 Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award included:

  • Rod Mast – Mast Pharmacy in Berlin, Ohio;
  • Jerry Braswell – Braswell Drug in New Orleans, La.;
  • Dave Jasperse – Bosley Pharmacy in Hastings, Mich.; and
  • Larry Schieber – Schieber Family Pharmacy in Circleville, Ohio

Nominations for the 2012 Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award will be accepted between September 1, 2011-April 1, 2012. Learn more about the award at cardinalhealth.com.


About the Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference (RBC)
The Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference (RBC), held July 20 to July 23 in Las Vegas, provides independent pharmacies and pharmacy franchise owners with the opportunity to network with and learn from thousands of their peers from across the nation while gaining new insights to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their businesses. The annual event provides nearly 7,000 attendees – including independent pharmacy owners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmaceutical manufacturers and other pharmacy industry professionals across the United States – with buying opportunities, continuing education sessions and programs to help improve patient care, efficiency and profitability. For more information, visit cardinalhealth.com/rbc.

About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $99 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.


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