Each year, we recognize an individual within our network for going above and beyond in the extension of care to the vulnerable patients in their community. It was our honor to present Lucrecia Campisi, PharmD with the Hero of Hope Award in February in acknowledgment of all that she has done to champion medication access in New Jersey at Hackensack Meridian Health.
As a Population Health Clinical Pharmacist, Lucrecia has witnessed the struggle some patients face - choosing between basic necessities or managing their chronic disease. This difficult situation has only been exacerbated by the pandemic as many more have faced increased emotional, social, and financial challenges.
A champion of medication access options for patients, Lucrecia was instrumental in launching and socializing the Dispensary of Hope program within the Hackensack Meridian Health system. Additionally, she continues to diligently advocate for system-wide adoption of the program and has developed a thorough, data-driven business case to prove the benefit of the program. As a result, many of their patients have experienced improved health outcomes, fewer hospital readmissions, and increased quality of life.
Without a doubt, Lucrecia inspires systemic improvements, engages with and advocates for patients, initiates collaboration, and is deserving of the Hero of Hope award. It is our privilege to support her important work and our joy to celebrate her in this way.
Lucrecia was honored in a Virtual Award Presentation on February 8, 2022.
Cinthia Neumany, Administrator of Capacity and Case Management
Kim Carpenter, Chief Medical Officer at Jersey Shore University Medical Center / Hackensack Meridian Health
Matt Lacontora, Process Improvement Specialist
Patrick Young, President of Population Health Hackensack Meridian Health
Robert (Bob) Schenk, Director, Ambulatory Pharmacy at Hackensack Meridian Health
The award was presented by Meghan Lucido, Senior Account Executive and Christopher Palombo, Chief Executive Officer at Dispensary of Hope.