Stephanie Smith Cooney, Pharm.D., heard of the idea of high-performing pharmacies networking together and didn’t hesitate to join. Knowing she had to be a part of this significant change within the pharmacy industry, she joined Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN for short) and CPESN USA. Stephanie’s pharmacy, Gatti Pharmacy in Indiana, Pa., participates in both networks.
She is ecstatic to be networked together with so many innovative pharmacists to help patients thrive. Thanks, in no small part, to Stephanie, PPCN is one of the largest CPESN networks in America and has several active payer engagements. Her efforts have been recognized by her fellow pharmacists both in Pennsylvania and across America, as she was one of three finalists for the 2018 CPESN Luminary-of-the-Year Award, sponsored by Upsher-Smith.
Stephanie is encouraged to see growth in and development of so many local networks, especially PPCN as they undergo positive changes from joining CPESN USA.
So, what’s next for Stephanie and her local network? Stephanie says that PPCN is working tirelessly to engage more payer opportunities, expand the network, and ensure care delivery is top-notch.” Always open to learning, Stephanie is eager to take on the challenges Gatti Pharmacy, PPCN and CPESN USA have in front of them.
As a recognized thought leader and change agent in community pharmacy practice, Stephanie Smith Cooney, Pharm.D., is a pharmacist, entrepreneur, president of Gatti Pharmacy in Indiana, Pa, and co-founder and chief executive officer of Meraki Health in Danville, Pa. Stephanie received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Wilkes University.
Stephanie serves Pennsylvania Pharmacy through her deep involvement in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network as a board member, luminary, and early adopter. She’s excited to be appointed to the CPESN Board of Managers as PPCN’s representative. Additionally, she is active in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association in a variety of capacities and participates in NCPA as a member of the Committee on Emerging Models.
Stephanie believes strongly in the importance of changing the practice of pharmacy to ensure our future. To that end, in addition to the innovations she executes in her businesses, she mentors and precepts students and young pharmacists in a variety of capacities. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University.
She has been recognized by her peers as the Next Generation Pharmacist 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association’s 2015 Pauline Montgomery Leadership Award winner, and as a Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association 2014 Ten Under Ten Award recipient.
Stephanie loves traveling and exploring the great outdoors with her husband Rob and three children. A good hike and some awesome food enjoyed with her family make for her perfect day.