The Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA) has honored Melinda Joyce, PharmD, FAPhA, FACHE, with the 2021 Bowl of Hygeia Award. Melinda is Vice President of Corporate Support Services for Med Center Health and is also a licensed pharmacist active in KPhA.
The award recognizes pharmacists who demonstrate an outstanding record of civic leadership that reflects well on the pharmacy profession. They take active roles in their communities and devote their time, talent, and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service.
“We are very proud of Melinda,” said Connie Smith, President & CEO of Med Center Health. “She is an outstanding and invaluable leader, researcher and educator. Melinda has been instrumental in Med Center Health’s efforts with COVID-19, taking a lead in our vaccination outreach.”
Melinda has been with Med Center Health for 36 years. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, she previously served as Corporate Director of Pharmacy. She is a preceptor for pharmacy, nursing and healthcare administration students and teaches pharmacology to nursing students.
About the Bowl of Hygeia
According to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, the Bowl of Hygeia program was first conceived of and initiated by E. Claiborne Robins, Sr., a pharmacist and then-president of A.H. Robins Company. Mr. Robins’s fierce dedication to community service was the driving force behind the inspiration for the award. Today, the Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and one of the profession’s most prestigious awards. The bowl represents a medicinal potion and the snake represents healing. The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacy associations.