Mary Pat Higley
Based in Orange County, California, Mary Pat Higley is an experienced medical consultant that focuses on data analysis to review medical usage. In addition to her professional endeavors, Mary Pat Higley contributes to her local community by bringing therapy dogs to nursing homes to boost the spirits of the residents. Over the years, studies have shown that therapy dogs can have a positive impact on seniors. Since some seniors do not receive many visitors, a weekly visit from a therapy dog gives them something to look forward to in their weekly schedule. Not only do therapy dogs cheer up the residents, but they also bring much-needed stress relief to relatives in the waiting areas. Today, therapy dogs can function as assistants to physical therapists to help patients with mobility and memory recovery. Medical professionals have taken notice that after a visit with a therapy dog, patients are more relaxed, which lowers their pulse and blood pressure, thereby reducing the need for medications.
Residing in Newport Beach, California, Mary Pat Higley is self-employed and does contract work for medical companies. In her role, she provides data management and analysis information to allow these companies to meet their goals. To stay up-to-date with changes within the field, Mary Pat Higley belongs to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Formerly known as the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the ASHP provides pharmacists with news relating to governmental standards, healthcare organizations, and quality control. It also allows members to earn continuing education credits and drug therapy information. To keep pharmacists current on the latest on technology upgrades and allow them an opportunity to network with other likeminded professionals, the ASHSP hosts meetings and conferences throughout the year. One event scheduled for October 20 and 21, 2014, is the ASHP Conference for Leaders in Health-System Pharmacy. Occurring in Chicago at the Westin O’Hare, the conference is entitled Advancing Quality Outcomes and Innovations: Preparing Pharmacy for the Future. There are five skill-building sessions which allow attendees to enhance problem-solving capabilities. They can then turn around and use these skills at their places of employment.