Denise Cuellar, R.Ph, has joined the UNM College of Pharmacy as a faculty practitioner and will oversee students working in a new kind of pharmacy setting aimed at promoting disease management and providing patients with self-management tools to improve their quality of life.

            Also a pharmacy manager with Walgreens Drug Stores, Cuellar comes to the College of Pharmacy via the Walgreens Shared Faculty Agreement. Cuellar will oversee students working at the Patient Care Center, a new kind of Walgreens facility located at 9700 Menaul NE.

            The Patient Care Center reflects a continuing effort by the health care industry to save money by keeping patients out of emergency rooms and hospitals, said Cuellar. At the center, patients not only receive their drugs but also learn how to manage their drug therapies properly. Patients are able to see how their actions can positively affect their health and decrease their chances of ending up in the ER or enduring a longer hospital stay.

"We believe our customers are ready for pharmacists to move in this direction," Cuellar said. We are excited and enthusiastic in this new endeavor.  We look forward to the new evolution in pharmacy as a profession."

            Cuellar received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the UNM College of Pharmacy and a Master's in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

            For more information on the UNM College of Pharmacy, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/


Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322