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Principal Consultant at North Star Medication Optimization, LLC

Molly Ekstrand is a pharmacist and medication optimization expert. She started North Star Medication Optimization, LLC to create strategic partnerships to transform health care. Formerly, she 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 health care 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.

Before her eight years in leadership at Park Nicollet, she 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 health care model and how patient/employee satisfaction and engagement shifts the outcome paradigm. In addition, she has also held numerous volunteer leadership positions with state and national pharmacy and health related organizations. Overall, Molly Ekstrand is an accomplished group facilitator, project manager and public speaker.

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