Major Function Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of Integrated Medical Practice and the Chief Medical Officer, serve as the Consulting Pharmacist and Pharmacist in Charge for the Pittsburgh Mercy Pharmacy Service. The incumbent will be responsible for leading the clinical and operational design of a new pharmacy service at Pittsburgh Mercy, and ongoing leadership of the Pittsburgh Mercy Pharmacy Service.
Essential (E) and Marginal (M) Functions:
•Directs, establishes and plans the overall policies and goals for the Pittsburgh Mercy Pharmacy services, with a focus on high performance output, establishment of integrated care best practices and quality monitoring.
•Interprets, establishes policy for and implements any state and federal regulations pertaining to pharmacy services, maintains good standing with regulatory bodies.
•Provide oversite to pharmacy staff, and serve as main point of contact for all site based pharmacy concerns
•Maintains contact with other organization leadership including medical and nursing staff to determine needs, resolve problems and improve processes pertaining to the clinical pharmacy service.
•Establish and implement best practice standards and quality outcomes, such as medication reconciliation, client adherence, eliminating medication errors, etc.
•Perform routine audits of pharmacy services, including the review of documentation, regulatory compliance, proper inventory management, output performance and other areas as assigned and reports back directly to executive team.
•Maintain clinical hours each week outside of the pharmacy to be available for clinical team meetings and discussions as necessary.
•Understands and manages the complexities of a multi-site/multi-program organization and can navigate the variances in practice settings (i.e. residential vs. outpatient vs. community) •Prepare medications by reviewing and assessing orders to identify, prevent and resolve drug related problems
•Provide accurate and understandable counseling and education to clients and staff and answers questions when appropriate.
•Perform drug utilization reviews and check for drug interactions when filling every prescription
•Communicate effectively with doctors, nurses, and other providers and leadership members.
•Interview and hire all site based pharmacy staff in collaboration with the Director of Integrated Medical Practice and Clinical Strategy Team.
•Maintain patient rights and confidentiality at all times.
•Work with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) coordinator to develop protocols for dispensing buprenorphine to clients.
•Notify and collaborate with Human Resources on staffing issues including but not limited to policy and procedures, employee hand book, disciplinary issues, ADA, FMLA, harassment, workers compensation, leaves of absence, legal issues, orientation, internal transfers, training of new and current staff.
•Complete other tasks as assigned from time to time.
Responsibility and Decision Making Authority:
Responsible for pharmacy leadership of the Pittsburgh Mercy pharmacy service, under the guidance of Director of Integrated Medical Practice and Chief Medical Officer, as well as daily pharmacy duties. All other requirements to be done with advisement from the supervising Director, operations and clinical leadership teams, as required.
Supervises (# of staff & corresponding titles): All staff pharmacists (4)
Licensure/Certification Required: •Valid Pennsylvania Pharmacist License, active and in good standing.
Minimum Education and Experience Required: •A minimum of 5 years of experience in pharmacy management, startup experience preferred. •Experience with at least one pharmacy automation systems as well as experience with implementation of an electronic health record. •Possess a working knowledge of the disease concept of substance use disorder, and mental health conditions. •Excellent public relations and interpersonal skills with effective oral and written communication.
Internal Number: 1
About Pittsburgh Mercy
Pittsburgh Mercy is a person-centered, population-based, trauma-informed community health and wellness provider. We’re an integrated health care home and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). We’re a member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the United States. We serve in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, a religious congregation of women known for their care and service in Pittsburgh since 1843.
We’re one of the largest community-based health and human service nonprofit organizations and employers in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our family of care employs more than 1,700 colleagues and serves more than 33,000 people annually in 60+ locations.
We serve together as a compassionate and transforming, healing presence in our communities.