The Pharmacy Department is led by the Assistant Vice President of Medicine and Pharmacy Service Lines with support from the Corporate Director of Pharmacy, Director of Pharmacy Operations, the Director of Outpatient Pharmacy and Business Development, Medication Safety Officer, Clinical Pharmacy Specialists, and Informatics Team. The Pharmacy staff are a tremendous resource consisting of over 35 full time and 15 pool pharmacists as well as approximately 60 technicians.
The Department actively participates in numerous administrative and medical committees including Medical Staff Executive Committee, Internal Review Board, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Subdivisions (Antimicrobial, Oncology, MedStar, ACO), Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Division of Infectious Disease, Physicians Role in Patient Safety, Clinical Quality Safety Council, Pneumonia Management Team, Diabetes Team, Infection Prevention Team, Infection Control/Infectious Disease Collaborative, and Critical Care Committee.
The inpatient pharmacies are open 24 hours a day and the distribution system is highly automated with Pyxis and Talyst systems. Prescribing and administration are also technologically enhanced with Computerized Physician Order Entry and Electronic Medication Administration Records. The Pharmacy Practice Model is transitioning to a Decentralized Model with pharmacists stationed in the Emergency Department, Cancer Centers, Long Term Acuity Care Hospital, and Critical Care Units, with expansion to other areas planned. All pharmacists participate in a multitude of clinical services including anticoagulation management, multidisciplinary team rounding, antimicrobial surveillance, pharmacokinetic dosing, pain management, code attendance, staff education, and provision of drug information.
The three outpatient pharmacies (one located onsite near the Mainland Emergency Department and two located offsite in Atlantic City and Pomona) are open Monday through Saturday servicing the AtlantiCare employees as well as our clinic patients. They are also technologically advanced supporting e-prescribing, electronic messaging, automated refills, and bar-coding software. Pharmacists in this setting routinely provide clinical interventions, poly-pharmacy review and management, medication compliance monitoring with direct feedback to prescribers, and mandatory pharmacist consults with follow-up phone calls for our clinic patients.