A Leader in Innovation to Enable Efficient, Outcome-based Pharmacotherapy
Deaconess Health System’s Pharmacy Department provides the ideal job for pharmacists who want to practice in an environment which promotes continual career growth, interaction with physicians and other healthcare professionals, variety in daily activities and teamwork in which all pharmacists function as clinical pharmacists. Our department covers services in all the areas operated by Deaconess including Midtown Hospital, Gateway Hospital, CrossPointe, The Women’s Hospital Campus, and Gibson General Hospital in Indiana along with Henderson and Union County Hospitals in Kentucky. The services range from inpatient to ambulatory to meet the needs of many in our communities.
Deaconess pharmacists have a range of experience: the new graduate who is successfully practicing clinically after an extensive 8 week orientation, the Board Certified specialist whose expertise is used in clinical practice and student education, the pharmacist who has worked in our department for 30 years and continues to grow clinically every year and the pharmacy director who started as a staff pharmacist and transitioned into the director who applies her business background to push our department to continually expand the role of the pharmacist.
Collaboration with the multidisciplinary team is part of the culture of Deaconess Health System. Clinical consultation services are frequently requested by the Medical Staff for medication management. Pharmacists are viewed very positively by the Medical Staff, nursing and administration as the primary source for drug information and administrator of medication safety.
The Pharmacy Department supports a decentralized, patient-centered integrated model. Pharmacists work more than 50% of their time in a solely clinical role and the remaining time in some aspect of dispensing. At Deaconess, all pharmacists are considered clinical pharmacists. Pharmacists are scheduled each day at our campuses to work on nursing units to provide clinical services without any drug distribution responsibility.
Some of the opportunities include pharmacokinetic dosing, nutrition support team, pain management, inpatient anticoagulation consult service, warfarin discharge counseling, automatic renal dosing protocols, oncology services, trauma service rounding, in-service opportunities, newsletter publication, drug expense reduction initiatives and medication use evaluations.
Ambulatory and Specialty Services
Pharmacists are also involved with diverse ambulatory services. These services include an oncology infusion clinic, multiple anticoagulation clinics, endocrinology pharmacists, medication assistance program, surgery services/physician clinic consulting, outpatient specialty pharmacy services, and medication therapy management clinics serving both employee wellness and outpatient referrals. Other department specialty areas include our surgery satellites and contracted pharmacy services to The Women's Hospital.
Role in Education
Our pharmacists are heavily involved in education. Our department offers rotations for Doctor of Pharmacy students from Purdue University, Butler University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Manchester University and many other pharmacy schools. Our affiliations allow experiences from throughout the state to impact our care. The Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with Indiana University School of Medicine. Deaconess Pharmacy also offers four Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency positions which are ASHP-accredited.
Take a look at Deaconess Pharmacy and have the opportunity to create the career that you have imagined for yourself.