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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

The distinguished award represents pharmacists who have made an impact in their field

DANVILLE, Pa. – Michael A. Evans, RPh, received the Sister Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award from the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP). The award is presented annually to a person of high moral character, good citizenship and high professional ideals who has made sustained contributions to health-system pharmacy that have impacted practice in Pennsylvania.

“It’s an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award and to be recognized by my peers in the industry,” said Evans, who is Geisinger's chief pharmacy officer. "This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the pharmacists who strive to improve patient care and advance the practice of health-system pharmacy."

In his role as chief pharmacy officer, Evans is responsible for the overall strategy development, administrative oversight and leadership for Geisinger’s pharmacy services. He and his team have successfully built a robust network of pharmacy programs including hospital programs, ambulatory clinical pharmacy, retail pharmacies, managed care pharmacies, mail-order pharmacy and infusion pharmacies. Evans has also helped facilitate moving Geisinger’s pharmacy programs to the forefront of multidisciplinary patient care, helping focus on quality, patient satisfaction, patient access and value.

The Sister Gonzales Duffy Lecture Award was established in 1985 by the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists in honor of the late Sister M. Gonzales Duffy, RSM, PSHP member, and director of pharmacy and central services at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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