Bartling Receives Award from
Georgia Pharmacy Association

July 10, 2009

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ATLANTA – James W. Bartling, Pharm.D., associate dean of student affairs and admissions in Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia, an award presented annually by the Georgia Pharmacy Association. The award was presented at GPhA’s 2009 annual convention, held recently in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

For nearly 50 years, the Bowl of Hygeia award program has recognized outstanding achievements in community service by pharmacy professionals. The award is presented on behalf of Wyeth to one individual from each of the 50 states at the conclusion of each state’s annual pharmacy association meeting.

“We are proud to honor Jim with this award,” said Jim Bracewell, GPhA executive vice president/CEO. “He has exemplified the highest standard of community service and represents pharmacy in a manner that illustrates good citizenship and pharmacy practice.”

Bartling graduated in 1977 from Mercer’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is a past president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation and is the statewide intervention coordinator for the PharmAssist Committee. He has served on GPhA’s board of directors and in other leadership capacities for many years. He is also a long-standing member of AACP, APhA, GPhA, Phi Delta Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi.

Professional leadership and community service are the hallmarks of Bowl of Hygeia recipients. Bartling’s community service includes serving on the Georgia DARE Board, the Governor’s Commission on Drug Awareness and Prevention, MARR Board, Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission, MACAD President, among others.

Bartling and his wife, Linda, live in Snellville.  They have four children and four grandchildren.

About the Georgia Pharmacy Association:

The Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), founded in 1875, represents more than 2,500 practicing pharmacists, pharmacy academicians, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. GPhA is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the profession of pharmacy and the value of pharmacy services to the health and welfare of the general public. For more information, visit GPhA on the web: www.GPhA.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Mercer University:
Founded in 1903, the independent pharmacy school merged with Mercer University in 1959. In a bold leadership move, it became the first school in the Southeast to offer the doctor of pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree in 1981. In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the college has one of the largest concentrations of Ph.D. students in pharmaceutics among colleges of pharmacy in the United States. In 2008, the college introduced a Physician Assistant program.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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