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Meet Our Team

The Post-Acute Care Team


BJC Accountable Care Organization’s (ACO) post-acute care team provides continuity of care as patients transition from the hospital to post-acute care/skilled nursing facility and then back to their home setting.

Lara Kerwin, PharmD, clinical pharmacist, BJC Medical Group

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Lara Kerwin, PharmD, is a registered pharmacist through the Missouri State Board of Pharmacy with a Medication Therapy Services (MTS) certification. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, MO and then completed a two-year post-doctoral residency program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. During residency, she spent time specializing in ambulatory care pharmacy practice, professional advocacy, clinical pharmacy service development and expansion, teaching, and implementing quality improvement initiatives in health care.

Mweemba Chipepo, NP

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Mweemba Chipepo, NP, is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. He received his Master’s of Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Mweemba has a unique passion for serving the elderly and provides compassionate care to all his patients.

Gina Uzendu, NP

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Gina Uzendu, NP, has been practicing since 2007. She attended nursing school at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO and completed a preceptorship with Veteran’s Affairs Hospital.

Care Partners


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Lara Kerwin, PharmD, clinical pharmacist, BJC Medical Group

Robin Batchelor, MSW, LCSW, care partner

Lara Kerwin, PharmD, is a registered pharmacist through the Missouri State Board of Pharmacy with a Medication Therapy Services (MTS) certification. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy in Kansas City, MO and then completed a two-year post-doctoral residency program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. During residency, she spent time specializing in ambulatory care pharmacy practice, professional advocacy, clinical pharmacy service development and expansion, teaching, and implementing quality improvement initiatives in health care.

Kerwin has been involved in a number of practice-based research grants and most recently served as the primary investigator for a study on diabetes medication safety and optimization for a suburban, family medicine clinic She takes a deep interest in providing patient-centered, high quality pharmaceutical care; educating patients, students, residents, and other healthcare professionals; and working collaboratively on inter-professional care teams.

At BJC, Lara Kerwinwill be available as an expert resource for various health care teams within the BJC Medical Group. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing in-person and telephonic consultative services for patients, facilitating improved access to affordable medications, optimizing medication use for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions, and serving as a resource for providers and care team members for any medication-related concerns and recommendations. Additionally, Kerwin will consult with Medical Group and ACO-contracted insurance plans and implement strategies to optimizemedication use among our shared patient populations. She will also be a leader in the development and maintenance of ambulatory care policies and procedures within BJC Medical Group and the Accountable Care Organization as they relate to pharmacy and medication best practices.

Lara Kerwin provides the following services:

  • Patient education about health and medications
  • Partnership with providers and care team members on patient care plans
  • Comprehensive medication management
  • Patient outreach in between office visits to assist patients with reaching their goals
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