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ASHP Past President Tapped for AHA Workforce Commission

Sara J. White, M.S., who served as president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1996-97, has been asked to contribute her expertise in health-system pharmacy management on a commission organized by the American Hospital Association (AHA).  The AHA Commission on Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems will study the broad effects of health care personnel shortages and offer strategies for bolstering hospitals' workforce recruitment and retention efforts.

The commission will bring together 25 of the nation's top thinkers to examine how the current and long-term shortages of health care providers, including pharmacists and nurses, will affect the ability of hospitals to care for patients.  ASHP recommended White, the director of pharmacy services at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, Calif., to serve on the commission. "Sara will bring a wealth of experience in pharmacy management to the commission's deliberations," said ASHP Executive Vice President and CEO Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. "Her understanding of the critical public health importance of the shortage of pharmacists and the negative impact it is beginning to have on the quality of patient care will make her an excellent spokesperson for health-system pharmacy."

White will offer the profession's perspective concerning the unique aspects of the pharmacist workforce shortage, including the results of ASHP's most recent workforce survey, and the Society's comments to the Health Resources and Services Administration during its recent health care workforce shortage study.

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 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.