The Idaho Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ISHP), is a non-profit corporation, founded as a state-affiliate chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)* in 1956. ISHP primarily supports and represents the interests of those pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in hospitals, nursing homes, institutions, medical clinics and other such “health systems.” About one-third of all practicing pharmacists work in these health-systems.
While most ISHP members practice in hospital and health-systems, we have many members practicing in the community (retail) settings, who enjoy the comaraderie and educational programs at our meetings.
The most significant and tangible benefit of membership is ISHP's continuing pharmacy education and programs. ISHP is the only pharmacy association in Idaho that provides ACPE-accredited CE, which is required by Idaho law.
ISHP sponsors two educational meetings each year. The Annual Fall Meeting is a three-day event in Sun Valley, usually the last weekend in September. The Spring Meeting is usually a two-day event in Boise in April. We usually bring in one or more nationally-recognized speakers, and our members appreciate the effort that goes into the meetings and programs. We like to say that we have a "tradition of excellence" in our programs.
The mission of ISHP is to promote the highest levels of pharmacy practice by our members. ISHP promotes the highest levels of pharmacy practice through its affiliation with ASHP and adopts the following five goals developed by ASHP:
Goal 1: Improve the quality of medication use in hospitals and health systems.
Goal 2: Foster optimal models for the deployment of pharmacy resources in hospitals and health systems.
Goal 3: Ensure that the pharmacy work force in hospitals and health systems has the capacity to meet current and future patient-care needs.
Goal 4: Cultivate the leadership skills of health-system pharmacists.
Goal 5: Foster the creation and implementation of health information technologies that produce continuous improvement in medication use in hospitals and health systems.