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Molly Ekstrand is a pharmacist and medication optimization expert. She recently started North Star Medication Optimization, LLC to create strategic partnerships to transform healthcare. Most recently Dr. Ekstrand was the founder and leader of the comprehensive medication management program at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has demonstrated collaborative success in the value based and alternative healthcare payment models while emphasizing the importance of effective and safe medication utilization. She has worked with various payers and employer groups to help them understand how to navigate this environment.

Park Nicollet is a national leader in healthcare quality and cost containment. Their team of 11 pharmacists has on-site presence in 75% of total primary care sites reaching over 5,000 unique patients each year. Before her 8 years in leadership at Park Nicollet, Dr. Ekstrand herself practiced comprehensive medication management in internal and family medicine clinics for nearly 10 years in the Fairview Health System. She understands how to fully utilize a pharmacist in a team-based healthcare model and how patient/employee satisfaction and engagement shifts the outcome paradigm. In addition, has also held numerous volunteer leadership positions with state and national pharmacy and health related organizations. Overall, Dr. Ekstrand is an accomplished group facilitator, project manager and public speaker.

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