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ASHP Elects Scott to Presidency, Shimomura and Woods to Board

Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP, has been voted President-elect of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Sam K. Shimomura, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP, and T. Mark Woods, Pharm.D., FASHP, have been elected to the ASHP Board of Directors. Scott will sit on the ASHP Board immediately as President-elect and will become President in June 1999 at ASHP's Annual Meeting in Reno. Shimomura and Woods will begin their three-year terms on the 12-person Board at ASHP's Annual Meeting '99.

Bruce Scott is Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for the Allina Health System in St. Paul, Minn. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree from the University of Kansas where he also completed his residency. Scott is completing a three-year term on the ASHP Board of Directors and has also served ASHP as a state delegate and as Chair of the Council on Legal and Public Affairs and Council on Educational Affairs. He is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and recently received the 1998 MSHP Meritorious Service Award. Scott has served on many national committees addressing pharmacy practice and educational issues. 

Sam Shimomura is a professor of pharmacy practice and facilitative officer for professional practice at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy in Pomona, Calif. He is responsible for patient-based programs, residencies, and continuing education. His teaching and clinical expertise is in geriatrics and family practice. He received his Pharm.D. from the University of California at San Francisco where he has been on the faculty for 28 years. Shimomura has served on the ASHP House of Delegates, is a member of the ASHP Council on Professional Affairs, and is an ASHP Faculty Liaison at Western University of Health Sciences. He is a past president and treasurer of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), and in 1995 he received the CSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award. 

Mark Woods is Interim Director of Pharmacy at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and an assistant clinical professor for the University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Pharmacy. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Kansas, Pharm.D. from the University of Nebraska, and completed a residency at the University of California at San Francisco. Woods has a history of service to ASHP including Chair of the Council on Legal and Public Affairs and involvement in the Practice Interest Advisory Group, PAC Advisory Group, and the House of Delegates. He gives numerous presentations to national, state, and local health care providers. Woods is a past president of both the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Kansas Society of Health- System Pharmacists, and in 1994 received the Kansas Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award. 

The other candidate for President-elect was Lois M. Nash, M.S., Pharmacy Services Director for the Methodist Hospital and Community Health Centers in Houston, Tx. Other candidates for the ASHP Board were Bonnie E. Kirschenbaum, M.S., FASHP, a health care consultant in Calif., and Hetty A. Lima, FASHP, Regional Vice President for Coram Healthcare in Mt. Prospect, Ill. 

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 believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. 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.