Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - Avella EVP of Clinical and Quality Assurance, Eric Sredzinski, was named a finalist for the Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Heroes Awards in the Non-Physician category.
As an executive vice president at Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Eric Sredzinski is responsible for the development and oversight of all clinical programs and services provided by Avella.
These include efforts designed to support and educate patients with serious health conditions such as cancer, HIV and Hepatitis C.
Sredzinski is passionate about improving access to life-saving medications. He is involved in Avella's ongoing efforts to connect patients with financial assistance. During the past year, he helped Avella to secure $68 million for individuals who could not afford the cost of their medications.
To make sure patients take medication as directed, Sredzinski's multi-disciplinary model blends high-touch patient support — such as educating individuals on the importance of adherence, and helping them manage side effects — with high-tech intervention. He played an integral role in designing Avella's mobile app and text-messaging programs, which have delivered proven results in improving adherence by levels as high as 91 percent.
Sredzinski also played a critical role in designing Avella's naloxone program, the first of its kind in the nation. This program helps prevent opioid deaths by making naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, available without a physician prescription in certain states, including Arizona.
He works just as hard at drug abuse prevention. He has designed important protocols to prevent opioid abuse by ensuring that Avella's staff can identify at-risk patients and connect them with appropriate support.
Sredzinski also has worked with a drug manufacturer to improve access to HIV diagnosis and treatment. This program included the distribution of more than 13,000 free HIV test kit vouchers.
Title: Executive vice president of clinical affairs and quality assurance
Company: Avella Specialty Pharmacy
In your view, what makes a hero? An individual who does what is right and has strong commitments toward their duties, all while building positive relationships with patients, caregivers, and colleagues.
Who do you admire in health care? Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, physician in chief and distinguished professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute.
Who was your mentor? William Jones, clinical pharmacist at the Arizona Center on Aging, and previously the clinical pharmacy coordinator and residency program director at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center.
What’s the most rewarding part about working in health care? Transforming novel ideas to better educate patients and improving their health.
Favorite way of giving back: Providing my experiences as a pharmacist to pharmacy students.
Three things always in your medicine cabinet: Ibuprofen, hydrocortisone, diphenhydramine