The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has announced that Janet Silvester, M.B.A., FASHP, will join the organization as vice president, accreditation services, on August 17. Silvester is a former member of the ASHP Board of Directors and served as president from 2007-2008. She also is a past president of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Silvester has over 30 years of experience in hospital pharmacy practice, including 26 years of practice at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., where she most recently served as director of pharmacy and emergency services. In 2012, Silvester received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy in recognition of her efforts to develop progressive pharmacy services at a small community hospital. Martha Jefferson was one of 25 hospitals in the country recognized in 2009 Hospital and Health Networks Magazine's “most wired,” in part because of technology she championed, including dispensing robots, automated medication storage and retrieval systems, automated medication dispensing cabinets, and bar-code medication administration.
“Janet brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this newly created position,” said Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon), FASHP. “Her experience developing a pharmacy residency program at Martha Jefferson Hospital, as well as her previous leadership positions with the Society, make her an exceptional choice to help ASHP expand and elevate our accreditation programs.” As vice president, accreditation services, Silvester will be responsible for leading the growth and development of all ASHP accreditation programs and services, which include pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs, domestically and internationally.
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.