2019 Spirit of Ignatius in Health Care Award
2019 Spirit of Ignatius in Health Care Award

2019 Spirit of Ignatius in Health Care AwardThe School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (SPAHP) presents two Spirit of Ignatius in Health Care Awards to preceptors and/or mentors to our students each year who provide compassionate health care guided by the Ignatian tradition.

This year’s recipients are Laura Baumert, PT, DPT, NCS, clinical instructor at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, nominated by Megan Karels, DPT’19; and Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, interprofessional clinical coordinator at the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the University of Maryland, nominated by Miriam Opara, PharmD’19.

Laura Baumert, PT, DPT, NCS

Karels said she nominated Baumert after reflecting on the Ignatian values that SPAHP and Creighton are founded on. She said it was not hard to find examples that Baumert implements those values into her daily practice: “Each day she demonstrated her competence, compassion and commitment to her patients, her co-workers, the profession of physical therapy and me, her student at the time. She embodies ‘men and women for and with others.’” Karels said she was inspired by the fact that Baumert  is a continuous learner in order to give the best possible care to her patients. “I was able to see this in practice when she would go above and beyond to learn more about a specific diagnosis of a patient or more about the equipment and devices available to her in order to broaden treatment options.”

Lisa Black, PT, DPT, professor and director of clinical education, will present this award on June 23 at an alumni event in the Phoenix area.

Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP

Opara said she found Mansour embodied Ignatian values in his personal and professional life and felt he was interested in her own personal and professional development. She met Mansour at a regional pharmacy conference and he quickly became a mentor. “Dr. Mansour strives to provide services to care for the whole person. He is continually involving additional disciplines at facilities to provide the most well-rounded care.” Opara said Mansour was focused on guiding and shaping the next generation of practioners, including herself. “He has united students from various schools to collaborate on presentations, program details and logistics of running a successful program by encouraging innovation and always offering guidance and support.” Opara said the quality guidance and education she received has had a positive effect and impact on her, and she knows that will also be the case for future practitioners he will encounter.

Opara presented The Spirit of Ignatius Award in Health Care to Mansour on May 9.