Manitoba pharmacist named Canadian Pharmacist of the Year
Lengim Chen Ingram’s unique practice in diabetes management has improved the lives of thousands of Manitobans
May 31, 2018 (Ottawa/Winnipeg): A Manitoba pharmacist who established a full-time clinical pharmacy practice devoted to diabetes management and care in a field dominated by nurses and dieticians is this year’s Canadian Pharmacist of the Year.
Winnipeg’s Lengim Chen Ingram, who has been a retail and clinical pharmacist for 28 years, is a Certified Diabetes Educator who sees more than 1,000 diabetes cases per year within a fully collaborative health care professional practice at more than ten community medical clinics. She is one of only 14 Extended Practice pharmacists in Manitoba and one of only two in community pharmacy practice that are based on an independent business model.
"The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is proud to recognize the significant contributions Lengim Chen Ingram has made to the pharmacy profession,” says Alistair Bursey, Chair, CPhA. "Her inspiring collaborative practice showcases the diversity and value of pharmacists to patients and the health care system. She is a compassionate team player and has improved the lives of countless patients under her care. Her role as a respected team member with physicians and nurses has provided the perfect environment for her to practice as a collaborative consultant and practitioner."
Lengim holds a BSc in pharmacy from the University of Manitoba, Certified Diabetes Educator and Extended Practice Pharmacist designations and has completed a range of additional professional development programs. Her work experience spans community health care, pharmacy education, diabetes education and community retail pharmacy service.
“My practice is unique in that it requires me to draw upon a wide range of knowledge and experience as a pharmacist, integrating with other health care professionals – such as endocrinologists and family practitioners – to improve patient care,” says Lengim. “I cherish the role I play in the care of patients within our team. We need more pharmacists in these roles for other health care professionals and government to see our value.”
Lengim is an active member of Diabetes Canada, involved in a range of community outreach initiatives including providing guidance for new immigrants about how to live with and manage their diabetes in their new home environment. She is passionate about mentoring students and other pharmacists, encouraging them to think beyond traditional pharmacist roles and expose them to diabetes care in community pharmacy and the impact pharmacists can have on health outcomes.
The Canadian Pharmacist of the Year Award is given annually by the Canadian Pharmacists Association to recognize a pharmacist who demonstrates leadership and exemplifies the evolution of the pharmacy profession toward an expanded role in health care.
Lengim will be honoured alongside other CPhA Award winners at the Canadian Pharmacists Conference awards ceremony on Sunday, June 3rd in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Canadian Pharmacists Conference 2018 will highlight speakers who are innovative industry leaders and will tackle a diverse range of key health issues currently at the forefront of our country’s health care system.
About the Canadian Pharmacists Association
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians.