Hennenfent Named to ASHP Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance Advisory Panel

Published on 11 January 2021

Joel A. Hennenfent, B.S. ’96, Pharm.D., ’97, MBA, BCPS, FASHP, chief pharmacy officer and associate administrator for laboratory and medical imaging at Truman Medical Centers University Health in Kansas City and member of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Board of Trustees, was one of 15 pharmacy professionals recently named to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance (PELA) Advisory Panel.

Launched in spring 2020, PELA was created by ASHP for chief pharmacy officers and multi-hospital system pharmacy executive leaders, and is designed to provide executive leadership development and opportunities for pharmacy executives to share issues and innovations through peer-to-peer and non-traditional educational events. PELA will also help to enhance its participants’ ability to meet the demands of highly complex vertically and horizontally integrated networks and multi-hospital health systems.

As a member of the PELA Advisory Panel, Hennenfent works alongside fellow panel members to advise ASHP on ways to meet the needs of high-level pharmacy executives and discuss the development of executive-level resources and tools that will be of value to chief pharmacy officers and ASHP members.

Hennenfent is a past president of the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), past president of the St. Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a past chair of the MSHP Research and Education Board.

Hennenfent’s background also includes service as the chair of the ASHP Council on Therapeutics in 2013. He also served for two years as the director-at-large of the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Executive Committee, and was an ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Committee member for several years. He was also named the 2012 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year, and was the recipient of the 2015 MSHP Foundation Garrison Award.

Hennenfent is currently serving as ASHP’s delegate for Missouri, and is a member of the ASHP Formulary Submission Toolkit Steering Committee. He is also an editor for the ASHP Pharmacy Competency Assessment Center.

“I was very fortunate that ASHP asked me to serve as an inaugural member of the ASHP PELA,” Hennenfent said. “It is very rewarding to have the opportunity to give back to other multi-hospital health-system leaders and strategize ways to create the tools they need.”

The panel’s key focus areas include the health-system-wide integration of digital and telehealth, effective enterprise revenue cycle management, the optimization of horizontal and vertical integration, and new technologies and science. In recent months, the panel has also been focused on COVID-19 business recovery and the rebuilding of health care due to the pandemic.

As the profession of pharmacy continues to respond to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hennenfent notes that PELA will provide critical opportunities for pharmacy executives to connect and share important information.

“In launching PELA, ASHP was responding to a growing need to connect pharmacy executives for peer-to-peer knowledge transfer and strategy planning around their unique issues and challenges,” Hennenfent explained. “As the collective pharmacy community continues to respond to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe this ability to connect is more important than ever before. PELA will offer critical opportunities for connecting and sharing during the pandemic and provide assistance with the recovery and restoration efforts in its aftermath.”

Click here to learn more about the ASHP Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance. For more information on the many ways University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis alumni are positively impacting the profession of pharmacy and their communities, visit uhsp.edu/alumni.

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