Kienle Receives ASHP Award for Distinguished Practice Leadership


ASHP today honored Patricia Clancy Kienle, R.Ph., M.P.A., FASHP, with its Board of Directors Award for Distinguished Leadership in Pharmacy Practice during the opening session of the association's 49th Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

ASHP today honored Patricia Clancy Kienle, R.Ph., M.P.A., FASHP, with its Board of Directors Award for Distinguished Leadership in Pharmacy Practice during the opening session of the association’s 49th Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Ms. Kienle is director of accreditation and medication safety for Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions. She leads efforts to ensure that Cardinal Health’s client hospitals establish and maintain comprehensive, safe, and effective medication use systems in acute and non-acute care environments. She brings more than 35 years of experience to this role, both as a practitioner and pharmacy director, and as a medication safety leader.

Ms. Kienle is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Expert Committee on Compounding and chair of the Subcommittee and Expert Panel on Hazardous Drugs. She has served on the Pharmacotherapy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, as the pharmacist member of the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of The Joint Commission, and on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

She is the author of Compounding Sterile Preparations: ASHP’s Visual Guide to Chapter <797> video and Companion Guide and co-author of Assuring Continuous Compliance with Joint Commission Standards: A Pharmacy Guide, 8th edition. She also edited Understanding JCAHO Requirements for Hospital Pharmacies.

Ms. Kienle received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

She has served on ASHP’s Board of Directors and as president of the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP). She is a Fellow of ASHP, named Pharmacist of the Year by the PSHP, and received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

She is a frequent presenter to professional groups, with special interests in promoting medication safety, compounding sterile preparations, accreditation and regulatory issues.

“Throughout her career, Ms. Kienle has generously contributed her time and expertise to ASHP in multiple areas, said ASHP President Christene M. Jolowsky, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP. “We are excited to recognize the significant contributions she has made to advancing pharmacy practice.”

Established in 2001, ASHP’s Award for Distinguished Leadership recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in pharmacy practice leadership.

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

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