Redfern pharmacist June Hay receives teaching award

June Hay is pharmacy supervisor in Redfern Health Center.
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CLEMSON — Redfern Health Center pharmacist June Hay has been named one of South Carolina’s top preceptors. Hay is the 2016-2017 Upstate Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year. The award, presented by the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, is given annually to a preceptor who has served as an exceptional role model practitioner and effective, enthusiastic teacher in the community setting.

“This is a great honor,” said Hay, a Clemson graduate and Student Health Services employee since 2006. “I enjoy working with students so much. Because we are a clinic, students are exposed to experiences here that they wouldn’t have in a normal pharmacy. They do more than just fill prescriptions.”

Hay graduated from Clemson in prepharmacy before attending the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she earned a degree in 1984. Hay now serves as pharmacy supervisor in Redfern, overseeing a staff of five assistants.

“Mrs. Hay loves her job and it definitely shows,” said one of her former students. “She knows not only the retail side of pharmacy, but also the business aspect. I learned so much during this rotation that I was able to apply to my first community job this summer. People who truly love their jobs and are passionate about what they do, enough so to teach, deserve this type of recognition.”

Stephen Cutler, dean of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, presented the award to Hay recently in Redfern.

“We appreciate everything June has done with preceptor students,” he said. “We recognize those exceptionally good preceptors, a number which is less than one percent of all preceptors in the state of South Carolina. So June is one of our very deserving recipients of this award.”