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June 19, 2017

ASHP Named Top Workplace for Second Consecutive Year

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

I’M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that ASHP has once again been named by The Washington Post as one of the 2017 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. As part of the Top Workplaces award, ASHP will be featured in a special section of The Washington Post on Sunday, June 18, so pick up a copy of Sunday’s paper or check it out online.

The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based on feedback from an employee survey that many of our staff completed at the beginning of the year. Nearly 85 percent of staff members participated in the survey, and the results showed that our team appreciates the remarkable work culture we’ve created here at ASHP — a culture that engages our team members and inspires them to do their best work.

This year marks ASHP’s 75th anniversary, and I would like to thank our wonderful team for its longstanding dedication to our members, their patients, and the ASHP mission. We would not be where we are today without all of the hard work and enthusiasm of our team members as we lead the way to better patient care. We work hard to make ASHP a place where people can thrive, and this prestigious Top Workplaces award demonstrates the passion we have for supporting our members and each other.

This award is our third consecutive honor for being a top place to work, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team. In addition to being named a Washington Post Top Workplace for both 2016 and 2017, ASHP was also recently recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare in the nation. Together, these regional workplace awards in one of the most competitive job markets in the country, coupled with the national recognition from Modern Healthcare, indicate that ASHP has distinguished itself from our peers across the country by creating a great place to work for employees.

As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of ASHP, I am honored and humbled by all that we’ve achieved throughout the years. As we’ve strived to make ASHP your professional home, we’ve also made great strides in making ASHP a home for our staff. By making sure our team members are happy, we can better serve your professional needs as pharmacists. Our success correlates directly with yours — and this success leads to better patient care.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of your patients and for being members of ASHP.



June 1, 2017

Celebrating Former ASHP CEOs: Joseph A. Oddis, Sc.D. (Hon.)

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

ON MAY 19, the ASHP family celebrated the dedication of our new offices — the Joseph A. Oddis Global Headquarters of ASHP — named for the organization’s second and longest-serving CEO. It’s fitting that Dr. Oddis’ name graces our offices as we mark the beginning of a new era for ASHP. A visionary leader, he has had a profound and lasting impact on ASHP and the creation of modern clinical pharmacy practice and, undoubtedly, has improved patient care and public health.

Nearly six decades ago, in 1960, Dr. Oddis took over the helm of ASHP, known then as the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. During his 37-year tenure as CEO, he transformed ASHP from an organization with 3,300 members and one staff person — Dr. Oddis — into a strong, vibrant, and influential force in pharmacy and healthcare. Under his leadership, ASHP grew to more than 31,000 members and 180 employees. Today, ASHP has nearly 45,000 members, a staff of more than 200, and a wide range of contributions that would not have been possible without Dr. Oddis’ extraordinary vision and tremendous leadership.

Joseph A. Oddis, (center) celebrates the dedication of ASHP’s new headquarters offices named in his honor. Dr. Oddis is joined by (from left) ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, son Joseph M. Oddis, granddaughter Rebecca Newman, daughter-in-law Debra Oddis, son-in-law Richard Newman, and ASHP President Lisa Gersema.

Dr. Oddis’ most enduring legacy is the ASHP family. A warm and generous leader, he took care to cultivate a staff culture that focused on serving our members in a respectful, team-based approach. He is a man of great humility who never sought the limelight. As ASHP grew and achieved renown, Dr. Oddis always credited staff, volunteer leaders, and members for the organization’s success.

Many of ASHP’s signature initiatives can be traced to Dr. Oddis’ leadership, including the accreditation of pharmacy residencies, the creation of education and certification programs for pharmacy technicians, and the expansion of continuing education opportunities for pharmacists with the conferences that would become the ASHP Summer Meetings and the award-winning Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Dr. Oddis was an early advocate for pharmacists as patient care providers on interprofessional teams and drove efforts to improve global pharmacy. In 1968, he established the ASHP Foundation, whose extensive research, educational, and awards programs make it a key partner for ASHP in driving pharmacy practice forward into a new and better future.

Under Dr. Oddis’ direction, ASHP cultivated our core strength in drug information and introduced the American Hospital Formulary Service, which has gained international recognition as the most comprehensive source of unbiased drug information. ASHP has also published hundreds of clinical and professional books that — taken together with our flagship publication, AJHP— provide pharmacists around the world with a vast, in-depth library of information to enhance their patient care services.

Dr. Oddis (center) with ASHP Past Presidents (from left) Gerald E. Meyer, Thomas S. Thielke, Janet A. Silvester, Steven L. Sheaffer, Marianne F. Ivey, Paul W. Abramowitz, Rebecca S. Finley, Philip J. Schneider, Fred M. Eckel.

Dr. Oddis is a man of incomparable grace, wisdom, and vision. When I served on the ASHP Board of Directors and as ASHP President in the early ’90s, I had the great pleasure to work very closely with Dr. Oddis. He was a mentor to me, as all of the ASHP presidents can attest, and I still seek his counsel and advice today. I am indebted to him and honored to follow in his footsteps.

Our new headquarters not only carries Dr. Oddis’ name, but also embodies a principle he emphasized during his time as CEO: ASHP headquarters is more than a building. It is the heart of our professional association, and it reflects the success of our members in providing care to the patients that you serve.

We are grateful to Dr. Oddis for that lesson and so many others. And we look forward to continuing his tremendous legacy during our 75th anniversary and for many years to come in the newly minted Joseph A. Oddis Global Headquarters of ASHP.



May 23, 2017

ASHP Named Among Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare

Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP

I AM THRILLED to announce that ASHP has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2017. As part of this national recognition, ASHP will be featured in the Best Places to Work in Healthcare supplement along with the October 2, 2017, issue of Modern Healthcare. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine or check it out online. ASHP will also be honored at the 2017 Best Places to Work Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 28, 2017, in Las Vegas.

I’d like to thank the entire ASHP team — our members, who are dedicated to their patients, and our superb staff, who are dedicated to our members and our mission. You are what make ASHP such a wonderful place to work.

Modern Healthcare is a leader in healthcare business news, research, and data. Now in its 10th year, Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work recognizes 150 healthcare organizations that are outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level. Best Places to Work are selected based on two surveys administered by Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work. The first survey looked at our policies, practices, benefits, and demographics. ASHP’s over 200 staff members also completed an extensive second survey that assessed employee engagement and satisfaction.

It’s a great honor to make this list. It shows that our wonderful staff truly enjoys working at ASHP and supporting you, our members, in your efforts to provide the best care possible to the patients you serve. Plus, a spot on the national Best Places to Work list gives us a distinct advantage in hiring the best talent in the country so that we can continue to provide the high level of service you have come to expect from ASHP. We work hard to make ASHP a place where people can thrive, and this prestigious award demonstrates the passion we have for supporting our members and each other.

Being recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare is the icing on the cake after ASHP was honored in 2016 as a Top Workplace by the Washington Post. Just receiving one of these awards was more than one could expect given the competitive nature of these highly prestigious recognition programs, but this recent nationwide recognition by Modern Healthcare further shows how spectacular ASHP members and our staff truly are.

This year marks ASHP’s 75th anniversary, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of the hard work and enthusiasm of our team members as we lead the way to better patient care.

Thank you for your continued support of ASHP, and for everything that you do for your patients.



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