It is my pleasure to announce that ASHP has sold our headquarters building at 7272 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md., and will be moving to a wonderful new building just a few blocks away early next year.
ASHP has been in our current headquarters — The Joseph A. Oddis Building — since we purchased it in 1992. Since that time, ASHP has grown dramatically, and so has downtown Bethesda. It's because of this growth and change that we decided to sell our building.
For some time now, the state of Maryland and surrounding counties have envisioned a new east-west train line that would better connect commuters and visitors to key parts of the Washington, D.C., metro area, including Bethesda. After many years, the funding for this new Purple Line is now secured, and building on the new line is projected to start in the next few years. ASHP fits into this story because our current building in the heart of downtown Bethesda sits on the location of the proposed new Metro Purple Line Station, on a piece of real estate that is ripe for a major new downtown development.
Because of the decision to sell our building, ASHP will be able to move into a new headquarters that is modern and environmentally friendly, a headquarters that will accommodate our growing membership and staff, provide enhanced capabilities and resources to help us better serve our members, and advance our public health mission. Our space in this new building is currently being constructed, and I look forward to sharing some images with you once it's completed. I also welcome you to come tour our new space if you're ever in town visiting or serving on an ASHP member committee. ASHP is your professional home, and we would love to see you!
I would like to recognize my predecessor, Dr. Joseph A. Oddis, for his vision and subsequent decision to purchase the ASHP building well before Bethesda experienced such explosive growth. It's fair to say that, without him, ASHP would not be in the position it is today as the best and fastest growing pharmacy organization in the world.
I hope that you share our excitement as we move to ASHP's new home. Most importantly, I want to thank all of you — our members — for everything that you do for your patients and the profession. It's because of you that ASHP continues to grow and excel. I look forward to updating you in the coming months about our forthcoming move to our new headquarters, and continuing to share updates on the exceptional resources ASHP provides to advance your practice.
Have a wonderful day, and thank you so much for being a member of ASHP!