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3/12/2004
Press Release

Pharmacist Organizations Focus Attention on Pharmacy Leadership

Sara J. White, MS, FASHP, will research issues affecting health-system pharmacy directors and leaders during a four-month term as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation Scholar-in-Residence. 

White, whose term began on March 1, has more than thirty years of experience in pharmacy leadership.  She was the director of pharmacy at Stanford Hospital and Clinics from 1992 to 2003 and served as associate director of pharmacy at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1972 to 1992.  During her tenure as a pharmacy director White developed and implemented a number of innovative pharmacy services and has extensive experience in staff development, cultivating positive relationships with nursing and medical staffs, and managing budgets and cost accounting.

As Scholar-in-Residence White will explore pressing leadership issues, including the shortage of younger leaders, the affect of changes to pharmacy school curricula, and the need for more post-graduate training for aspiring managers.  "Our profession is at a critical point," said White. "We need to prepare the next generation of practitioners to tackle the diverse clinical and management issues in health-system practice."

“Ms. White’s stellar career as a pharmacy director makes her well-suited to delve into the issues facing our profession’s leaders,” said ASHP Foundation Executive Vice President and CEO Stephen J. Allen, M.S., FASHP.  “We applaud her commitment to the future of our profession as she embarks on this important project.” 

White received a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Oregon State University, a M.S. degree in Hospital Pharmacy Management from Ohio State University and completed an ASHP accredited Residency at the Ohio State University Hospitals and Clinics.  She is an active member of ASHP where she served on the Board of Directors Chair of the House of Delegates, and as president (1996-1997).  She was the only pharmacist on the American Hospital Association’s Workforce Shortage Task Force from 2000-2002.  She has spoken and published widely on a wide range of professional and practice issues.

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation, established in 1968 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.  It seeks to improve the health and well-being of patients in hospitals and health systems through appropriate, safe and effective medication use. It provides leadership and conducts education and research activities that foster the coordination of interdisciplinary medication management leading to optimal patient outcomes. Emphasis is given to programs that will have a major impact on advancing pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems, thereby improving public health.

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.