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6/2/2003
Press Release

New ASHP Membership Structure Adds Services, Greater Member Focus

A recent organizational restructuring at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) will provide the association’s members with streamlined professional and membership services.
 
The Society has created an Office of Member Services (OMS) that will focus on providing members with high-quality membership services, including serving as a liaison with state affiliates, schools of pharmacy and major health systems.  OMS will house ASHP’s existing membership sections for pharmacy practice managers; clinical specialists and scientists; home, ambulatory, and chronic care practitioners; and the Pharmacy Student Forum.  Two new membership groups—a section for acute care practitioners and a forum for new practitioners and residents—will begin operations as part of OMS this month.
 
OMS will seek consistent, streamlined operations for the sections and forums, which are led by elected and appointed executive committees.  David R. Witmer, Pharm.D., previously director of the Society’s Division of Professional Practice and Scientific Affairs, will lead the efforts of the newly created OMS.  Hannah Kim, Pharm.D., will oversee the work of member and affiliate relations and forums.  Douglas J. Scheckelhoff, M.S., will direct the work of the pharmacy practice sections.   

ASHP also created a new Office of Professional Development (OPD), which will lead programs focused on advancing pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.  The Society’s patient safety initiatives will be conducted in a new division within OPD called Practice Standards and Quality.  Kasey Thompson, Pharm.D. has been named director of the new division.  OPD will also oversee residency program accreditation, practice standard development, and the Society’s continuing education programs. 

Both of the newly-created offices will be headed by Charles E. Myers who will serve as Group Vice President of the Offices of Professional Development and Member Services.

These changes are a continuation of the Society’s transition to a new membership structure that provides members with a “home base” for practice news and resources, educational programming, and policy development.  “ASHP’s mission is to serve the needs of health-system pharmacists as they care for patients,” said ASHP Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.  “These changes will increase our ability to provide the high level of professional services on which our members have come to depend.”

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 professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.  For more information, visit ASHP’s Web site, www.ashp.org or www.SafeMedication.com.