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ASHP Leadership Conference to Focus on Challenges of Changing Health Care Environment

Pharmacy leaders from around the country will gather in Chicago, August 18-20, 2000, to learn new and innovative ways to manage changes impacting the pharmacy workplace. The Fifth Annual ASHP Leadership Conference on Pharmacy Practice Management will feature a variety of interactive sessions, networking opportunities, and special programming to help pharmacy managers better understand the quickly changing health care environment and learn key strategies for dealing with these challenges.

Tighter health-system budgets, staffing shortages, and constantly changing technologies require a different style of leadership. This year's conference, "The Challenge of Change: Tools and Strategies for Health Systems," will help pharmacy leaders address change more effectively in their practice settings. 

The conference will address pharmacy staffing and retention, time management, drug policy-making, and medication safety. Attendees will learn how to: 

  • Optimize recruiting, hiring, and retaining pharmacy staff, including gaining an understanding of how to hire and keep new practioners, 
  • Identify time-saving strategic planning methods to more effectively deal with unpredictable factors in the pharmacy environment, 
  • Devise effective strategies for developing and implementing drug policy, 
  • Identify future trends that may affect the pharmacy workplace, and 
  • Optimize medication safety.

Back by popular demand, motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer Richard Ruhe, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address. Ruhe is a senior associate for The Ken Blanchard Companies and is author of the training program Total Quality Leadership. Ruhe will explore real-world issues involved in juggling career, family, and community roles and responsibilities. 

ASHP's Home, Hospice, and Long-Term Care 2000 meeting is scheduled concurrently with the Leadership Conference. Attendees from both meetings will peruse the latest innovations in pharmacy products, services, and technologies during the Opening Reception and Gala in the exhibit hall of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 

The Fifth Annual ASHP Leadership Conference on Pharmacy Practice Management is sponsored by the ASHP Center on Pharmacy Practice Management and made possible through grants from Eli Lilly & Company, Pfizer Inc., and Roche Laboratories. 

Registration for the conference, which is limited to 300 participants, will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pharmacy directors and assistant managers are encouraged to attend. For more information, call ASHP at (301) 657-3000, ext. 1829, or visit ASHP's Web site at 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long and distinguished history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.