Sacramento, CA. The California Society of Health-System Pharmacists has named Loriann DeMartini, Pharm.D. as its new CEO, effective September 6, 2016. In announcing the appointment, CSHP’s President, Kethen So, noted that Dr. DeMartini is well known in the pharmacy profession nationally and statewide for her accomplishments and contributions to improving patient care through promotion of medication safety during her tenure with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the past 24 years. Nationally, Dr. DeMartini has held multiple leadership roles such as with CMS Hospital Faculty Bureau, CMS Long Term Care Expert Panel member, American Society of Consultant Pharmacist Advisory Board member on medication use in long term care facilities, contribution to Institute of Medicine’s report on prevention of medication errors, and is a member of the national Public Health Accreditation Improvement Advisory Committee. Under Dr.DeMartini's leadership she created the first ever statewide Medication Error Reduction Program (MERP) for 400 plus hospitals. The program was nationally recognized by the Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP), in 2010, as a program that all states should adopt. Dr. DeMartini currently holds faculty appointments at three pharmacy schools in California. She is a Fellow with the Health Care Leaders Network with California Health Care Foundation and has received several awards on outstanding leadership in public health. Dr. DeMartini has also authored several articles related to medication use and safety, most recently a white paper published by CDPH on Comprehensive Medication Management
Per Dr. DeMartini, “We have entered a historical era of a changing landscape for public health and healthcare. These are challenging and exciting times – times which present unique opportunities to foster disruptive innovation and visioning of what can and will be. As a pharmacist, I see incredible opportunities across the healthcare continuum. I see the immense and untapped potential of pharmacists to optimize medication use, facilitate disease prevention, and minimize disease progression across all spectrums of pharmacy practice. I am honored to join the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists – together, we will move forward to embrace the full potential of our profession and meet the healthcare needs of all Californians.”
Dr. So noted that he would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous efforts by the CEO Search Committee, led by Past President Alan Endo, Pharm.D., FCSHP, and past Board Liaison Martin Iyoya, Pharm.D., FCSHP. The Board of Directors is very appreciative of their recommendation and strongly believe that Dr. DeMartini will guide CSHP and all pharmacy professionals in California through advancements in the pharmacy profession. The Board truly appreciates Mrs. Bobrow for her leadership and dedication to CSHP for the 15 months.
Dr. DeMartini can be reached at CSHP via email@example.com.
Founded in 1962, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) is a non-profit professional association established to serve the needs of hospital and health-system pharmacists. Representing over 4,000 members who practice clinical pharmacy and specialized medicine, CSHP is the largest state association for pharmacists. CSHP members share a common mission – to promote wellness, patient safety and the optimal use of medication.