ASHP adds new center for practice advancement

September 26, 2012

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced Sept. 21 the introduction of its Center on Pharmacy Practice Model Advancement to aid ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI).

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced Sept. 21 the introduction of its Center on Pharmacy Practice Model Advancement to aid ASHP's Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI).

The goal of the PPMI is to develop a practice model in which pharmacists are used more effectively as direct patient care providers, according to PPMI's website."The establishment of this Center demonstrates ASHP's strong commitment to enhancing our practice model so that all patients in hospitals and clinics who require the direct patient care services of a pharmacist receive them," said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, PharmD, FASHP, in the release.

The center will launch in late October, and it will be led by Steven P. Nelson, BS Pharm, MS.

Nelson most recently served as the interim director of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he spent more than 25 years.

"Steve's extensive leadership and management skills will be a tremendous asset as we make this vision of care a reality," Abramowitz said in the release.Nelson will oversee PPMI activities and analyze the feasibility and effectiveness of potential programs and projects for pharmacy practice models in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics.

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