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12/3/2001
Press Release

John Ogden Named First Recipient of ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership

John E. Ogden, M.S., chief consultant for pharmacy benefits and director of pharmacy service for the Department of Veterans Affairs, is the first recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP’s) newly established Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-System Pharmacy Practice. Ogden, who will accept the award today at ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans, is being recognized for his leadership in pharmacy practice.

Ogden has had a distinguished career of more than 25 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which operates the largest integrated health care network in the United States. He sets the tone and the pace of pharmacy throughout the VA system, which encompasses 173 medical centers, 771 ambulatory care and community-based clinics, and 134 nursing homes.

Ogden is widely recognized for transforming the practice of pharmacy within the VA, leading a massive re-engineering of the outpatient prescription refill process to allow pharmacists to provide more direct patient care. He has published numerous scientific articles and participated in key health care leadership groups, including the White House Roundtable on the National Pharmaceutical Supply Year 2000 Initiative.

The ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-System Pharmacy Practice was established in early 2001 to recognize excellence in professional leadership. By recognizing individuals for this award, ASHP hopes to inspire others to emulate the success of the recipients and thereby advance health-system pharmacy practice.

"Strong leaders ensure the continuing growth of our profession," said Henri R. Manasse, Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP executive vice president and chief executive officer. "Pharmacists must adapt to the changing health care environment, and leaders such as Mr. Ogden set examples we all can follow."

ASHP is the 31,000-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.