Loriann DeMartini ’84, PharmD is a dominate force in pharmacy practice and a leader in medication safety. Her areas of expertise are medication error reduction and regulatory enforcement. Dr. DeMartini said she is “humbled by the honor” of being chosen as the Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association Alumna of the Year.
Friend and former colleague Michael R. Alexander ’65, RPh said that “California residents have benefitted from Dr. DeMartini’s leadership and pioneering efforts in the development and execution of programs to improve medication safety in hospitals and nursing facilities via state and federal regulations.”
From 1992 through 2016, Dr. DeMartini served in a variety of roles at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), most recently as deputy director of the Office of Quality Performance and Accreditation. During her tenure at CDPH, she was recognized nationally and statewide for her contributions to improving patient care.
“Being recognized by Pacific only furthers my resolve and dedication to be a strong advocate of the pharmacy profession.”
Under her leadership, the Medication Error Reduction Program was launched and implemented in more than 400 hospitals in California. In 2010, the Institute for Safe Medication Practice recognized the program and recommended that it be adopted nationwide.
“Dr. DeMartini had demonstrated to pharmacy students and pharmacists the great need for pharmacists to participate in regulatory organizations in order to benefit patients by improving medication safety,” Alexander said.
In 2016, Dr. DeMartini was named chief executive officer of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), a nonprofit professional association that serves the needs of hospital and health-system pharmacists. CSHP, the largest state association for pharmacists, represents more than 4,000 members who practice specialized medicine and clinical pharmacy.
Dr. DeMartini completed a leadership in health care fellowship at the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) in 2006. She is a Fellow of the CHCF and member of the Accreditation Improvement Advisory Committee for the Public Health Accreditation Board. She also has been involved with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that provides health coverage to more than 100 million Americans. She currently holds faculty appointments at three universities and is in high demand as a guest speaker.
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold