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Four ASHP Affiliates Celebrate 50 Years of Service

Donna Young

The state affiliate organizations of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and Oklahoma, are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year.

Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists (AlSHP) program committee chair David Collette, clinical pharmacy coordinator for Huntsville Hospital, said his organization began celebrating with a ceremonial dinner at its June 24–26 Summer Meeting at the Marriott Grand Hotel Resort in Point Clear, on Mobile Bay.

About 185 AlSHP members and their spouses attended the event, said Collette, the 1999–2000 president.

AlSHP plans to continue its festivities at its October 24 Fall Meeting at the Pelham Civic Complex with a gala dinner and dance the preceding evening and a celebratory luncheon the day of the meeting.

The society, which has about 280 members, is also planning a special tribute to longtime member and past president Tom Alford, who died in a motor vehicle accident on the eve of AlSHP’s summer meeting.

AlSHP 1995–96 President Karen B. DeLoach, pharmacy director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical West in Bessemer, said it is important for health-system pharmacists to be members and stay active in local pharmacy groups.

DeLoach, who served on her organization’s board for nine years, has been an AlSHP member since 1973 when she joined as a student.

"I encourage students to be members because it gives them a head start on their careers," she said, adding that AlSHP offers free membership to students.

Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP) President Anetta Harrell, a clinical education consultant for Pfizer, said she also joined her organization as a student in 1983.

OSHP plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary at its September 20 Fall Meeting and during National Pharmacy Week (October 20–26).

The 177-member organization plans to present a poster about its history at ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in December.

Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) President David Copelan, clinical manager for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, said his affiliate plans to publish a history booklet about the organization. The booklet will note longtime members who have contributed to the affiliate’s success, Copelan said.

GSHP also plans to commemorate its anniversary at its October 4–6 Annual Meeting at Unicoi State Park near Helen, in the North Georgia mountains. ASHP President Debra S. Devereaux will be the meeting’s keynote speaker. Saturday night at the meeting, attendees will celebrate the 50th anniversary with a party and dance, Copelan said.

The 444-member organization has also designed a 50th anniversary logo.

Indiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ISHP) President Suellyn Sorensen, clinical pharmacy manager at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, said her organization has also designed a commemorative 50th anniversary logo that will be displayed on tote bags given to members at the September 14–15 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

ISHP officers plan to present a slide show about the group’s history to its 401 members at the meeting, Sorensen said. The group also plans to celebrate with an awards ceremony acknowledging past and current officers and presidents.