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Billy Woodward Named Winner of 2004 Whitney Award

Billy W. Woodward, R.Ph., a pioneer in pharmacy management in integrated health systems, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) 2004 Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award.  He will receive health-system pharmacy’s highest award on June 22 during the Society’s Summer Meeting 2004 in Las Vegas.

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 directed the clinical pharmacy services at the system's regional clinics, health plan, nine retail pharmacies, including a mail service pharmacy, a PBM, and an IV infusion company, all owned by the system, and coordinated a network of over 300 community pharmacies. 

Early in his tenure at Scott & White, Woodward established excellent inpatient pharmacy services and built clinical credibility with the medical staff and upper management, which allowed him to obtain approval for innovative inpatient and ambulatory care clinical services.  The pharmacy staff of over 250 included 11 pharmacy residents and one research fellow.  Forty pharmacy students from the University of Texas at Austin participated in rotations at the Scott and White program annually.

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, intravenous 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 chair 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 ASHP Distinguished Leadership in Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice Award, the John Webb Guest Professor Lecture Award from Northeastern University’s Bouvé 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.

“Billy’s vision set a standard for pharmacy directors in all integrated health systems.  His work is an inspiration and a challenge to all of us,” said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer of ASHP.  “We are pleased to honor his dedication to the advancement of the profession with the Whitney Award.”

ASHP has administered the Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award, established in 1950 by the Southeastern Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists, since 1963.  Harvey A. K. Whitney, ASHP’s first president, was an editor, author, educator, practitioner, and leader in hospital pharmacy.  Nominations for the award are made by past recipients and ASHP members.  The winner is selected by a majority vote of past honorees.  

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, or