Pharmacy professor honored for community service in Spokane

colleen terriff accepts awardSPOKANE – Colleen Terriff, a pharmacotherapy clinical associate professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy, was surprised with the Spokane County’s Excellence in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Special Services Award in Spokane, Wash., on June 10. The award was given at the Spokane County EMS and Trauma Care Council meeting, the council coordinates the emergency medical services system for Spokane County.

Terriff was nominated by Dr. Jim Nania, the medical director for Northwest MedStar and former director of Deaconess Medical Center emergency department, for her service excellence in emergency preparedness and response in Spokane County in 2013.

Terriff has been a volunteer with the Spokane EMS Council for many years. She coordinates the emergency pharmaceutical stockpile for Spokane and is involved in full-scale mass casualty exercises, including utilizing the WSU College of Pharmacy’s 3G human patient simulation manikin for emergency response training. The simulation manikin (“SimMan”) can be programmed to exhibit appropriate responses to medication therapy.

In an exercise last June at the Spokane Valley Mall, “SimMan” was triaged, treated and transported to Valley Hospital in a simulation to train Spokane emergency responders in an active shooter situation.

Watch the KXLY news clip on the Valley Active Shooter Exercise here: