In Memoriam: A Tribute to Anne Hiltz

By: Chris Doody





It is with regret and sadness that the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists announces the passing of Anne Rosslynn Hiltz on April 5, 2017. Anne graduated from Dalhousie University’s College of Pharmacy with a Governor General’s Medal in 1983. She completed a nuclear pharmacy residency in Hamilton, Ontario the following year. Anne continued to further her education by completing a Health Services Management Program (with the Canadian Hospital Association) in 1995 and graduating with a Masters in Health Studies (from Athabasca University) in 2015. She graduated with the highest academic standing and was valedictorian of her graduating class.

Anne initiated the first nuclear pharmacy in Atlantic Canada in 1985 at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax.  From 1988 to 1999, she held various managerial positions in inventory control, drug distribution, and oncology/parenteral nutrition services. Always looking for new challenges, Anne joined Eli Lilly from 1999 to 2007 where she had a very successful, rewarding career. Her love was pharmacy so she returned to Capital Health as Director of Pharmacy in 2007 and then became the Senior Director of Pharmacy and Renal Programs with the Nova Scotia Health Authority where she worked until her passing.

As a result of her tireless determination and exceptional work ethic, Anne had many accomplishments during this time. These include the implementation of unit dose distribution and centralized IV admixture (1996), pharmacy technician certification program (1996), and pharmacy practice model with expanded scope of practice (2009). In the last decade, her work included strategic planning, Kaizen Event and LEAN initiatives, clinical service prioritization and expansion, and the use of key performance indicators for pharmacy practice.  Anne had been the driving force behind the transformation of hospital pharmacy practice at Capital Health and NSHA.  She motivated and supported all who knew her to achieve excellence in drug distribution, clinical services, research, and education.

Anne was a strong supporter of CSHP.  She volunteered with the Nova Scotia Branch as secretary from 1997 to 2000, and then served as President of the Branch from 2000 to 2005. She recently served as a board member of the CSHP Research and Education Foundation to support the research and education needs of our Society’s members. She also continued to support CSHP by encouraging her staff to get involved in the Branch. Anne was awarded posthumously the Gail McGlynn-Tuttle Memorial Practitioner Award to recognize her significant, ongoing contributions to hospital pharmacy practice and to CSHP.

Anne loved her work and considered herself fortunate to be surrounded by a highly supportive group of friends and professionals; she truly appreciated them being in her life. Anne’s energy and zest for life included backpacking in Australia, touring in Europe, and scuba diving in Cuba with friends. She enjoyed hiking, bike riding, going to the gym before work, and visiting Nova Scotia wineries with her husband. Anne will be missed by many. We honour her for her many contributions, her dedication, and her leadership within the pharmacy profession.


Nova Scotia Branch