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ASHP Bestows Francke Medal on Joaquin Ronda Beltran

Joaquin Ronda Beltran of Alicante, Spain, is the latest recipient of the prestigious Donald E. Francke Medal, an award given by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to individuals who have made significant international contributions to hospital pharmacy practice. He will receive the award on June 3, 2001, during ASHP’s Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

Dr. Ronda Beltran, who is only the sixth person to receive the award since its establishment in 1971, is widely considered to be a driving force for the development of hospital and health-system pharmacy in Spain. An educator, practice innovator, international leader, and renowned humanist, Dr. Ronda Beltran pioneered the establishment of pharmacy residencies in Spain and helped establish the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He founded the Organization Farmaceuticos Ibera-Latino, an organization that disseminates ASHP’s practice standards, educational programs, and publications to pharmacists in Spain, Portugal, and other South American countries.

Recipients of the Francke Medal, selected via a unanimous vote by ASHP’s Board of Directors, are given honorary membership in the Society. The award is named in honor of Donald E. Francke, who was a well-known health-system pharmacy educator and innovator who helped to found ASHP and served as its president from 1943-1946. Francke was active in international activities, including serving as the first American vice president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation from 1958 to 1966. 

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.