The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) dedicated its Bethesda headquarters today as the Joseph A. Oddis Building.
In a ceremony held on the plaza in front of the building entrance, at 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, nearly 200 people gathered to hear remarks and honor the man known as the father of ASHP. The dedication recognized the contributions of Joseph A. Oddis, Sc.D.,
a former chief executive officer (1960 – 1997) of the professional society
that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health systems, and clinics.
Several local officials were also in attendance and presented Oddis with letters of commendation or citations, including Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Councilmember George Leventhal, Lindsay Camacho representing Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Jonathan Prutow representing State Sen. Brian Frosh, and Bethesda Chamber of Commerce Chair Andy Stern.
“Dr. Oddis had a tremendous influence on ASHP and the practice of pharmacy. There is no one more deserving of this honor,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP. “Dr. Oddis’ vision for ASHP and his leadership in shaping health-system pharmacy practice, improving patient care, and influencing public health policy made ASHP what it is today.”
Significant achievements from Dr. Oddis’ career include:
- Led ASHP’s growth from 3,300 members and a staff of 1 to 31,000 members and a staff of 180.
- Launched the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, now the largest meeting of pharmacists in the world.
- Created the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, which today offers extensive research grant, educational, and awards programs that assist and recognize pharmacists providing care to patients in our nation’s hospitals and health systems, leading to optimal medication outcomes.
- Expanded ASHP’s publishing efforts, including the American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS), which has gained national recognition as the most comprehensive resource of unbiased drug information, and is recognized by the U.S. Congress as an official compendium.
- Built ASHP’s leadership and influence by collaborating with other pharmacy and health care organizations and government regulatory agencies on the important issues of the time, including the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Society of Internal Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose 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, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.