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Mitchell Gives William A. Zellmer Lecture

Bethesda, Md.— Jimmy R. Mitchell, M.P.H., M.S., will present the second annual William A. Zellmer Lecture on September 20, 2011, as part of Policy Week activities of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Bethesda, Md. Approximately 130 leaders in hospital and health system pharmacy practice will be in attendance.
The William A. Zellmer Lecture was established in 2010 by ASHP in collaboration with the ASHP Research and Education Foundation’s Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership to honor Zellmer’s numerous contributions to pharmacy practice in the United States and abroad. The lecture  is given annually during ASHP Policy Week by a distinguished individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing health-care related public policy that has improved the safety and effectiveness of medication use.
The theme of each year’s lecture will relate to the interface between public policy and pharmacy practice.  Mitchell’s lecture is titled, “The Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Collaborative: A Pharmacy Practice Model that is Transforming Community Level Health Care across the U.S.”
Jimmy R. Mitchell, M.P.H., M.S., has a long history of leadership in expanding patients’ access to pharmacists’ services.
Before his recent retirement, Mitchell served as director of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA), where he was a strong advocate for a patient care role for pharmacists in several federal programs, including federally supported community health centers.  Under his leadership at OPA the 340B drug pricing program was established, which allows health care facilities that serve indigent patients to purchase pharmaceuticals at discount prices.  The 340B program assists more than 12,000 outpatient clinics and disproportionate share hospitals that purchase more than $3 billion annually in discounted drugs, many through contracts with community pharmacies.
Mitchell has directed several innovative initiatives including a federal Prime Vendor Program; clinical pharmacy demonstration grants; and the Alternative Methods demonstration projects and the Pharmacy Services Support Center. All of these are initiatives which increase access to comprehensive pharmacy services for underserved people.
Mitchell served for 31 years in the United States Public Health Service and held numerous leadership positions throughout his career. He is graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee.  Mr. Mitchell earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy (health care focus) from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Masters degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.
In 2005, Mitchell was honored with the ASHP Award for Excellence.
About ASHP
For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 35,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's Web site,, or its consumer Web site,
About the ASHP Foundation
The ASHP Research and Education Foundation was established in 1968 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.  The mission of the Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of patients in hospitals and health systems through appropriate, safe and effective medication use. The Foundation 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.