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12/12/2003
Press Release

ASHP Honors Billy Woodward For Leadership In Pharmacy Practice

Billy W. Woodward, R.Ph., a pioneer in pharmacy management in integrated health systems, was honored today by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for his significant contributions to the advancement of the profession.  Woodward received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-System Pharmacy Practice during the Opening General Session of the Society’s 38th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.
 
 Woodward served as the executive director of the Department of Pharmacy at Scott & White Health System in Temple, Texas, for more than 25 years. This health system is the largest multi-specialty group medical practice in Texas and includes Scott & White Memorial Hospital, 17 regional clinics in Central Texas, and the Scott & White Health Plan.  Woodward oversaw the leadership and management of all pharmacy-related activities in this integrated health system.  In addition to managing the hospital’s inpatient pharmacy services, Woodward was a leader in system-wide drug-use policy and oversaw the pharmacy services at the system's regional clinics, nine retail pharmacies owned by the system, a network of independent community pharmacies, and a mail service pharmacy. 
 
 Early in his tenure at Scott & White, Woodward established excellent inpatient pharmacy services and built credibility with the medical staff and upper management, which allowed him to obtain approval for inpatient and ambulatory care clinical pharmacist services.  The pharmacy staff of 250 includes 11 pharmacy residents and one research fellow.  Forty pharmacy students participate in rotations annually.
 
 “The coordination of such a diverse spectrum of pharmacy services presents more opportunities for pharmacists to improve patient care,” said ASHP President Daniel M. Ashby, M.S., FASHP.  “Billy’s vision and leadership raises the bar for pharmacy directors in all integrated health systems.  His work is an inspiration and a challenge to all of us.” 
 
 Before his position at Scott & White, Woodward served for 13 years as director of pharmacy at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where he transformed a 1950s-era "drug room" into one of the nation's most progressive hospital pharmacy services, featuring comprehensive unit dose drug distribution, pharmacy-controlled drug administration, i.v. admixture services, and a poison information service.  When he left Methodist, Woodward was in charge of six hospital departments with 350 employees.
 
 Woodward is a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in Austin.  He has served as president of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.  Woodward serves as the vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the ASHP Research and Education Foundation and is treasurer of the hospital section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the John Webb Guest Professor Lecture Award from Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy and the Distinguished Service Award and Excellence in Leadership Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  He has made more than 100 presentations at various state, national, and international pharmacy conferences and is author of several professional publications.

 ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, 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.

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