Thielke Receives Webb Lecture Award

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Thomas S. Thielke, MS, FASHP, UW Hospital and Clinics vice president of professional and support servicesMADISON - Thomas S. Thielke, MS, FASHP, UW Hospital and Clinics vice president of professional and support services, has been named the 2008 recipient of the John W. Webb Lecture Award by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
The award, which recognizes extraordinary dedication to fostering excellence in pharmacy management, is particularly meaningful to Thielke (left) because he came under Webb's influence early in his career.

"I knew John Webb when I was a young pharmacist, starting out in my career," he said. "He was somebody I met and decided was somebody I wanted to aspire to be like. With what he meant to the pharmacy profession, it was very satisfying to receive this award."
As director of pharmacy for almost 20 years, Thielke, who is also clinical professor at the UW School of Pharmacy, has been a strong advocate for technological and clinical advancements in the pharmacy industry.
Many of the advancements he has championed have led to safer, higher-quality patient care, including a decentralized pharmacist/centralized unit dose system, the use of automated dispensing systems and the implementation of point-of-care technology.
"I've spent a lot of my life developing new pharmacy technology," Thielke said. "With the automation that we've implemented, the University of Wisconsin has really been an early adopter (of effective pharmacy technology measures)."
Under his leadership, the UW Hospital and Clinics pharmacy department also built the world- famous Center for Drug Policy.
Thielke also pointed to his long career as an educator as a source of professional pride.
"I've trained graduate students in health system pharmacy for the last 37 years," he said. "There are about 220 of my former students who have gone through my master's residency program and are now leaders across the U.S. Their ability to implement programs is sort of a legacy for me."
In a statement released by the ASHP, President Janet A. Silvester said, "Tom Thielke is to be commended for his role in developing point-of-care technology and many other accomplishments that have led to improved patient care. We are pleased to honor his outstanding leadership and excellence with the Webb award."

The award is the most recent for Thielke but by no means his first. He received the Donald E. Francke Medal, which recognizes pharmacists who have made significant international contributions to health-system pharmacy, in 2006.
The Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, often referred to as the profession's highest honor, was bestowed on Thielke in 2005. He also has received the McKesson Medication Safety Leadership Award and the Winston J. Durant Lecture Award.

Date Published: 06/13/2008

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