The History of AASHP
The Austin Area Society of Hospital Pharmacists (AASHP) was established in the early 1980's when Jim Smeeding and Julie Nelson realized the Austin area needed its own chapter. Prior to AASHP being established, they traveled to San Antonio to attend the local San Antonio chapter meetings. The Austin chapter's original name was changed in 1995 to the Austin Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
AASHP presidents and president-elects also serve on the TSHP (Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Board of Directors which meets quarterly. At the TSHP board meetings, AASHP presidents give a report of local chapter activities. In the "early days" the reports were typed or hand-written and often reflected the individual style of the president. For example, AASHP's first president Jim Smeeding wrote in a 1981 quarterly report to the TSHP board about a presentation on Stress Management given by Susan Young, MS, RN, from the Austin State Hospital that
Another quarterly report in the mid-'80s reported on a social meeting at a member's house with the following agenda items: barbecue, beer, and volleyball. Of course, more serious items were reported including membership numbers and topics of educational programs held.
Who We Are
The Austin Area Society of Health-System Pharmacists is an organization comprised of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in Central Texas.
AASHP is an affiliate of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.