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Steward Health Care System Director, Clinical Pharmacy in Richardson, Texas

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Clinical Pharmacy provides leadership and direction for Clinical Pharmacy Services across the Steward Health Care System enterprise. The position is responsible for the overall performance of clinical pharmacy activities which include Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Oncology, Hematology and Immunological Committees and pharmaceutical care activities. He/she coaches and mentors pharmacy directors, clinical coordinators, and pharmacists at each facility in the delivery of pharmaceutical care and appropriate use of clinical workflow software (i.e., Sentri-7). In collaboration with the facilities, ensures that the hospitals provide optimal and cost-effective medication therapy to Steward’s patients. Actively participates in ensuring that the System complies with hospital, state and Joint Commission policies and standards.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Overseas standardized clinical pharmacy programs including appropriate use of clinical workflow software (i.e., Sentri-7).

  • Evaluates current clinical pharmacy services and identifies, develops, and implements ways to improve performance.

  • Provides guidance and oversight for utilization of cost-effective Oncology, Hematology, Pharmacogenomic, and Immunological therapies.

  • Evaluates medication use patterns and identifies opportunities for optimizing the economic utilization of medications. Develops, revises, and reviews protocols and guidelines as necessary.

  • Assures and oversees implementation of medication initiatives at all sites.

  • Develops and implements clinical pharmacy processes in cooperation with site directors.

  • In conjunction with the medical staff, assures Steward is providing effective cost-efficient clinical pharmacy services.

  • Provides guidance and oversight on safe and effective use of neonatology therapeutics (including parenteral nutrition).

  • Works with the National Senior Clinical Director to oversee the Steward Healthcare Drug Formulary in conjunction with the Steward System Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees.

  • Provides supporting documentation to facilitate P&T discussions and decisions. (SBAR format preferred)

  • Participates in developing a system clinical pharmacy dashboard to track monthly performance on key indicators.

  • Develops and implements opioid stewardship and safety initiatives.

  • Oversees pharmacist staff education and competency. Prepares and coordinates implementation of pharmacy staff competencies.

  • Cultivates a culture of safety, accountability and fosters opportunities for pharmacy staff development

  • Serves on various committees and planning groups as requested or required.

  • Facilitates review of system Adverse Drug Event (ADE) / Adverse Drug Review (ADR) reports to identify trends, prescribing changes, and process improvement.

  • Collaboration with clinical leadership to develop drug use initiatives and assure appropriate use of pharmaceuticals. He/she will be responsible for the execution and consistent implementation of drug use initiatives and care management initiatives.

  • Collaboration with Patient Safety Leadership to develop quality initiatives, processes and tools. He/she will be responsible for the execution and consistent implementation of quality initiatives across all pharmacy practice settings. He/she will also be responsible for ensuring enforcement of all applicable policies, standards and regulations related to Medication Safety, Medication Management and AR&L (Accreditation, Regulatory and Licensing).

  • Collaboration with Pharmacy Informatics personnel to ensure successful implementation and maintenance of technology systems and to contribute to the development of technology innovation.

    The Director of Clinical Pharmacy will, during his or her daily responsibilities:

  • Provide executive leadership to seek out, promote and facilitate the rapid adoption and assimilation of best practices and innovations in service, work methods, technology, and operational systems which improve pharmacy service, quality, and productivity in the region.

  • Provide executive leadership to assure workforce planning and leadership/management development programs are in place and to ensure an effective team necessary for the long-term success of Pharmacy Services.

  • Provide executive leadership and direction to assure compliance with applicable state Pharmacy law and regulations, pharmacy business practices, accreditation standards, and other institutional policies.

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in operating in high performing contemporary clinical pharmacy services.

  • Demonstrates an ability to utilize effective communication, presentation, financial management, and analytical skills, exhibiting a record of self-initiative, strategic thinking, successful planning, and innovation.

  • Creates, develops, and implements policy and procedures regarding drug therapy prescribing and monitoring

  • Colleagues consider an expert on contemporary drug therapy protocols and literature.

  • Has demonstrated ability to effectively implement change and reduce medication costs within a multihospital environment.

  • Able to work collaboratively with health care executives, providers, and administrators.

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in various areas of pharmacy, including but not limited to: clinical functions and operations, systems, technology, and personnel management

  • Demonstrates ability to lead and manage professionals and others collaboratively across multiple sites.

  • Proven ability to lead and manage through influence and change, achieve performance outcomes through others, and galvanize action through synthesis and interpretation of outcome data.

  • Demonstrates success in meeting/exceeding performance expectations, with consistent delivery of results to the satisfaction of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Proven ability of balancing execution of the strategic vision through leadership and delegation, with a willingness and competence to dive into the details as needed.

  • Shows an ability to lead large scale (nation-wide), complex and significant redesign, reorganization, performance improvement and change management efforts.

  • Able to travel frequently up to 50% as business needs dictate.

  • Proficient with using computers as needed to monitor and report financial and clinical performance

  • Strong understanding of statistical analysis, clinical study methodologies ad outcome-based measurement.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication.

  • Ability to establish relationships through face to face, telephonic and computer assisted meetings.

    EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE/TECHNICAL/OTHER:

  • Education: Graduate from an accredited College of Pharmacy; Advanced Professional degree (e.g. Master of Science, or PharmD, or PhD)

  • Experience : 10 years’ experience in hospital or health care multi hospital system pharmacy leadership. Residency trained preferred.

  • Certification/Licensure: Pharmacist License, in good standing with a Board of Pharmacy required. Board Certification (e.g. BCPS, BCCCP, BCOP, etc.) preferred.

  • Software/Hardware: Meditech, pharmacovigilance software (e.g. Sentri-7), Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access preferred

  • Other:

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