Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Promotes Miesowicz: Flint-based Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy, announced the promotion of Steven Miesowicz to vice president of human resources, planning and government relations. Miesowicz previously served as Diplomat’s senior director of human resources and as a business management consultant where he played a primary role in securing the Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credit Diplomat received from the state of Michigan for $61.5 million and $14 million from Career Alliance, Inc. for workforce training. He will report directly to Phil Hagerman, President and CEO. In his new role as vice president, Miesowicz will be responsible for all aspects of human resources; supporting all areas of Diplomat’s strategic planning process as the company builds its industry leadership in terms of service, reputation and profits; organizational development; planning and implementing changes needed to support Diplomat’s growth; leading acquisition teams as required; and working with all local, state and federal governmental agencies to advance Diplomat’s ability to grow and receive incentives. The promotion comes at a time when specialty pharmacy, and Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in particular, is experiencing explosive growth.  In April, Diplomat announced plans to add 1,000 new jobs over the next five years and the imminent relocation of its headquarters to a 340,000 square foot former Genreal Motors building in Flint. Diplomat anticipates making $12 million in investments over the next several years in its new headquarters, which is part of the Great Lake Technology Centre. Plans include a new advanced distribution hub to control Diplomat’s nationwide network, an advanced specialty pharmacy compounding laboratory to serve the nation, a new industry training and education center, a high technology software development and data center, and a national patient call center. More at www.diplomatpharmacy.com.

Diplomat’s Jennifer Hagerman Elected to Michigan Pharmacists Association Executive Board: Flint-based Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy, announced that Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy director of education, Jennifer Hagerman, has been elected to the Michigan Pharmacists Association’s executive board.  Hagerman will be an at-large member of the executive board, representing the entire membership. In October, Hagerman returned to Diplomat as director of education, after first starting her career in pharmacy there as a technician. Currently, Hagerman is responsible for developing and implementing educational programs at Diplomat, including Diplomat University, an innovative, Web based tool that will be utilized to improve education and training for new and current employees. Hagerman also works with the city, county and state agencies to enhance Diplomat’s on the job and incumbent worker training programs. On Feb. 26, Hagerman will be installed in her executive board position during the MPA’s annual convention & exposition at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. She will serve a three year term. Prior to joining Diplomat, Hagerman was a faculty member at Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy for six years. She held the position of assistant professor and then associate professor of pharmacy practice with a clinical practice site at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. She currently serves as adjunct faculty for the College of Pharmacy. Hagerman has also been a lecturer in the nursing department at the University of Michigan-Flint for the past three years. Hagerman holds a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Ferris State University. Post-graduation she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. More at www.diplomatpharmacy.com.

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