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Practitioners Receive 2000 ASHP Best Practices Award

Pharmacists whose creative management solutions have improved the medication-use process in their work sites were honored today with the second annual ASHP Best Practices in Health-System Pharmacy Management Award.

The award, supported by Pfizer Inc., is given to health-system pharmacists who have demonstrated leadership in practice management, especially in those areas that significantly improve the quality of patient care. The winners were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.

The awards program plays an essential role in the Society’s efforts to advance pharmacy leadership in health systems and to foster fail-safe medication use. "It is important for pharmacists to actively participate in improving the medication-use process in their institutions," said 1999-2000 ASHP President Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP. "The contributions of this year’s award winners provide outstanding examples for pharmacists in hospitals and health systems to imitate."

The 2000 award winners are:

  • An Interdisciplinary Continuous Improvement Approach to Reducing Chemotherapy-Related Medication Errors. Barry Goldspiel, pharmacy projects coordinator, Robert DeChristoforo, deputy chief, and Charles Daniels, chief, Pharmacy Department, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Md. 
  • Physician Medication Order Writing: A Continuous Quality Improvement Program in the Inpatient and Outpatient Setting. Tricia A. Meyer, assistant director, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, Texas. 
  • Reengineering the Medication Error Reporting Process: Removing the Blame and Improving the System. Lisa S. Stump, clinical coordinator, Drug Use Policy, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 
  • Reengineering to Improve the Medication-Use Process. Glen Schumock, director of pharmacy, Community Health Care-Wausau Hospital, Wausau, Wis. 
  • Implementation of a Pharmacist-Run Disease Management Clinic in the Primary Care Setting. Jillmarie K. Yanchick, director, Drug Therapy Monitoring Clinic, Reynolds Army Hospital, Fort Sill, Okla. 
  • Drug Use and Disease State Management Program. Susan Skledar, assistant director and Mary Hess, director, Drug Use and Disease Management Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh.

The awards were presented today during the Opening General Session of ASHP’s Annual Meeting 2000. Pfizer will sponsor a symposium on June 6 that will feature short presentations and posters highlighting the service programs of the honorees.

Applications for the year 2001 Best Practices awards will be available in December. Additional information on the awards program is available on ASHP’s Web site,

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.