Published on June 13, 2024

Owensboro Health PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Sees Graduation, Changes

Stevee Candrl

Stevee Candrl has successfully completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency with Owensboro Health, a significant step in her pharmacy career. Born and raised in Westchester, Ohio, she attended the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy after her undergraduate studies at Transylvania University. She was drawn early to pharmacy through her experience at Kroger pharmacy. Her residency was enriched with significant projects and close collaboration with the pharmacy team, fostering her professional growth and personal development.

Stevee's time in the Owensboro Health residency program has been notably marked by a robust and fulfilling experience emphasizing professional growth and personal connections. The providers are really receptive, which has been wonderful, she expressed, underscoring the collaborative atmosphere and the invaluable support from preceptors like Kristan, which made Owensboro feel like home. Stevee embarked on significant projects throughout her residency, including a medication use evaluation and a research endeavor in collaboration with critical care and infectious disease pharmacists. These projects, encompassing extensive patient work, stand as a testament to her commitment and the profound support of the pharmacy department.

Contemplating the future, Stevee is exploring opportunities that might take her back to Cincinnati or towards new ventures in Nashville.

Kristan Higgs, Director of the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, spoke highly of Stevee's exceptional contributions throughout the year.

 “Not only did Stevee's drive and ambition set her apart, but her presentations at the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists and a regional dietitian conference also highlighted her as a trailblazer,” she said. 

“Stevee is the first resident in our program to present at either of these events, marking her time with us unique.”

The residency program itself celebrates the recent reaccreditation for another eight years by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. This accolade is timely as the program sees a leadership transition, with Program Coordinator Aeriel Thorpe stepping in as the new program director, taking the baton from Kristan Higgs. Thorpe, one of Kristan's first residents, expressed both enthusiasm and a deep sense of responsibility as she assumes her new role, signaling a continued bright future for the program.

As the Owensboro Health PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program continues to thrive and evolve, Stevee Candrl's graduation marks a milestone in its journey of shaping healthcare professionals ready to make significant impacts in their field. To learn more about the program, visit

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 350 providers at more than 30 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a weight management program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have more than 19,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 33,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 150 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 90,000 Emergency Department visits and more than 1.25 million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.