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ASHP Celebrates Contributions by Henri Manasse

Professor Emeritus and former CEO of ASHP, Henri Manasse

Professor Emeritus and former CEO of ASHP, Henri Manasse

The Association of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is celebrating its 75th anniversary by recognizing the CEOs that have served the organization over that time. One of the CEOs is Dr. Henri Manasse, former Dean of the UIC College of Pharmacy as well as a member of the department of Pharmacy Administration (now Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policies) and the Interim Chancellor of Health Services at the UIC Medical Center. The article outlines many of the great things Manasse has done for the organization, as well as the profession.

"Under his leadership, ASHP became increasingly engaged in proactive government advocacy and formed strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders in medicine, nursing, standards-setting bodies, hospital organizations, payers, and many others," the article states. "He played a vital role after the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report, “To Err is Human,” to take ASHP’s longtime focus on patient safety, and work with stakeholders in all segments of society to help drive fundamental changes that have helped improve patient safety throughout the entire healthcare system." 

Henri also grew the organization in many significant ways. "Dr. Manasse’s time as CEO was also a period of growth for ASHP in numerous areas including membership, educational conferences, residency accreditation, publishing, and many others. He also oversaw the formation of many of ASHP’s highly successful pharmacy practice sections and forums, which include the Sections of Clinical Specialists and Scientists, Ambulatory Care Practitioners, Pharmacy Informatics and Technology, Inpatient Care Practitioners, Pharmacy Practice Managers, and the Student and New Practitioners Forums."

With all the recent talk of expanding the responsibilities of pharmacists, it's easy to think that is a recent fight, but it's one Dr. Manasse has been fighting for a long time. "Henri was and still is a strong advocate for the leadership roles that pharmacists play as direct patient care providers. He has been a longtime advocate for the enhanced roles that educated, PTCB certified, and licensed pharmacy technicians must play to ensure that all patients have access to a pharmacist on the interprofessional team who is responsible for their medication therapy. Dr. Manasse has dedicated his nearly 50-year career to continuously elevating the entire pharmacy profession with the singular goal of ensuring that medication use is optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time."

Congratulations to Dr. Manasse for all he has done and continues to do for the profession of pharmacy.

To read the entire article, click here.

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