Person of the Week: Rachel Pavona
This week’s Person of the Week is a Pharmacist whose research project aims to save lives.
Rachel Pavona is a Munson Medical Center pharmacy resident who has made it her mission to provide a box of Naloxone to qualifying patients before they walk out the door.
Pavona says, “Addiction and recovery is actually very personal to me, my brother passed from a heroin overdose in 2011.”
Pavona, along with the help of Hospital Medication Safety Pharmacist Julie Botsford and Psychologist Cynthia Nichols, began their effort to educate opioid use disorder patients in the Emergency Department and within the hospital about Narcan Nasal Spray and how to apply it should an overdose occur.
Funding for the first 50 doses of the drug — which comes in two dose boxes — was made available by the hospital’s Behavioral Health Department through its Community Opioid Recovery Expansion Grant.
For all that she’s doing in our local community, Rachel Pavona receives this week’s title of Person of the Week.
Now–if you know of someone who is working hard in their own community—creating something new in the area—or just affecting Northern Michigan in their own special way and you’d like to nominate them — send an email to news@minews26.Com.
Tell us who you’d like to nominate —why you think they should receive that title—and how we can reach them– because every week— we’ll broadcast one of these nominees as the “Person of the Week”.