Choctaw Pharmacist Named Tech of the Year

TALIHINA, Okla. June 15, 2020 – Like others working in the health field in 2020, Jerri Sisk has been busy dealing with what she calls “the new normal.” Something she was not expecting was being recognized with two prestigious awards recently.

Sisk is a nationally certified pharmacy technician and serves as a senior pharmacy technician at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina. After being named an Associate of the Quarter in 2019 by Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority, she was honored as Pharmacy Technician of the Year by the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service in February 2020. Her supervisor, Inpatient Pharmacy Director Matt Wallis, nominated her for the award.

In March, she became this year’s recipient of the Sylvia J. Martin Outstanding Pharmacy Technician Award from the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP).

The accolades came because Sisk’s coworkers were aware that her efforts were above and beyond. “It feels really great to be recognized for doing the work I love,” Sisk said. “I think it’s great when you find a job that you enjoy doing and not just doing it because it’s a job.” She also wants to share credit for any accomplishments. “None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the people I work with,” she noted.

Sisk started with the Choctaw Nation in October 2006 in Outpatient Pharmacy, moving five years ago to Inpatient Pharmacy full time. Now, she manages medication ordering and keeps track of inventory stock for the entire pharmacy, notes any shortages, and even on occasion prepares IVs. But it is the extra effort that led to her awards, including, among other things, streamlining and setting up cost-saving measures for the way medications are handled, taking a lead role in developing a hazardous-disposal system and in identifying needs of home health patients.

Jerri Sisk receiving her award
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Inpatient Pharmacy Director Matt Wallis, with the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina, left, presents Jerri Sisk with a plaque naming her Pharmacy Technician of the Year by the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service.

 

Jerri Sisk
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Jerri Sisk goes about her daily work at the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina. Sisk recently has been named as the top pharmacy technician of the year by two professional organizations.

 

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