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ASHP Launches New Center on Pharmacy Practice Model Advancement

Steven P. Nelson Joins ASHP as Center Director in October


Bethesda, Md.— The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is introducing a new Center on Pharmacy Practice Model Advancement to manage the organization’s myriad efforts and activities to effect practice change as part of its Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI).  The new Center, which will be led by Steven P. Nelson, B.S. Pharm., M.S., will be launched in late October.

Nelson joins ASHP from The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), where he has worked in various leadership capacities for over 25 years, most recently as the Interim Director, Department of Pharmaceutical Care where his broad-based responsibilities also included the management of pharmacy services at 25-bed critical access hospitals and 100-200 bed community hospitals.

“The establishment of this Center demonstrates ASHP’s strong commitment to enhancing our practice model so that all patients in hospitals and clinics who require the direct patient care services of a pharmacist receive them,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP.  “Steve’s extensive leadership and management skills will be a tremendous asset as we make this vision of care a reality.”

As director of the Center, Nelson will oversee PPMI activities and will have a key role in analyzing the feasibility and effectiveness of potential programs and projects to achieve desired changes in the pharmacy practice model in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. Nelson will work closely with the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, as well as other key divisions within the organization, to transform the practice of pharmacy.  The PPMI is a joint project of ASHP and the ASHP Foundation.
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ASHP is the national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website,, or its consumer website,


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