LewisGale Medical Center (LGMC) delivers quality care to our patients located in the beautiful mountainous region of Southwest Virginia. LGMC is a 521-bed acute care facility and is the largest hospital in the LewisGale Regional Health System (LGRHS). Through our extensive network stretching from the Alleghany Highlands and Rockbridge County to the Roanoke and New River Valleys, we have the privilege of serving more than 250,000 patients each year.
LewisGale is also ranked among the top hospitals in Virginia and the nation for benchmarked quality cancer care, patient safety and satisfaction and health outcomes. Lastly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have ranked us among the top hospitals nationwide on quality measures for our services and treatments to address heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
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The Infectious Disease Pharmacy Specialist provides pharmaceutical care as it relates to the antimicrobial therapy needs of both medical and surgical patients. This care will include, but is not inclusive to, that of patients with unique infectious disease therapy needs, including consultations regarding drug selection, dosing, monitoring, and adverse drug reactions. This position will also be responsible for the coordination, monitoring and optimization of our Antimicrobial Management Program (AMP), and will work very closely with our Infectious Disease physicians and AMP Committee Chairman.
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:
• Serve as pharmacy champion for the Antimicrobial Management Program (AMP)
• Implement AMP for facility and monitor effectiveness by tracking and reporting antimicrobial use on a regular basis
• Rounds with Infectious Disease consult service as applicable/required
• Collect and report clinical intervention data related to antimicrobial use
• Optimize infectious disease related CMS Core Measures in conjunction with Quality Management
• Track antimicrobial usage and identify processes to maximize patient safety while minimizing medication cost
• Review requests for restricted antibiotics
• Ensure pharmacy staff is competent in evaluating patients, and enforcing antimicrobial stewardship management. Provides both education and competencies to staff focused on antimicrobial medication-related outcomes
• Educate healthcare professionals via written publications/newsletters on guidelines for antimicrobial stewardship
• Provides a minimum of two (2), intra/interdepartmental in-services per year on rational antimicrobial-related medication therapy
• Works closely with multidisciplinary team and infectious disease physicians to optimize and/or implement facility guidelines for optimal antimicrobial use
• Active committee participation as needs require. Committees may include: Infection Control, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Critical Care Committee, SCIP Committee, and/or others as appropriate.
• Maintains knowledge with the current standard of practice for antimicrobial stewardship via medical literature and conferences
• Serves as primary preceptor for pharmacy students and residents in an infectious disease rotation and fulfills all documentation responsibilities
• Available via hospital phone/pager at all times during shift
• Actively participates in the provision of training and education to pharmacists in antimicrobial selection, dosing, and monitoring of selected agents
• Actively participates as a member of the local, state, and/or national pharmacy societies
• Creates national visibility by presenting clinical information/programs such as poster presentations or managed case studies or publishing in nationally recognized journals
• Works collaboratively with, and assists the Clinical Pharmacy Manager with assigned tasks, as needed
• Performs other duties as assigned by Director of Pharmacy
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
• Knowledgeable and proficient in the legal responsibilities of the pharmacist to the facility and all state and federal laws and regulations governing pharmacy services.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively participate on interdisciplinary teams and committees.
• Demonstrates leadership skills required to lead a team of pharmacists and work with other health care professionals to review, develop, implement, and monitor drug use policies and practices.
• Individuals must be able to assess patients' drug therapy and provide consultations as requested by medical staff.
• Knowledge in pathophysiology, interpretation of diagnostic criteria, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics is required
• Knowledgeable and proficient in assessing the use and application of new medications and medication technology, including complex equipment and delivery systems.
• Tactical execution - Able to develop policies and procedures for pharmaceutical services and has the ability to solve problems using analytical thinking.
• Communication - Able to communicate (verbal and written) clearly and effectively to other health care providers including pharmacists, physicians and nurses. Fosters team environment by providing clinical education, support, training to staff members
• Leadership - Guides individuals and groups toward desired outcomes, setting high performance standards and delivering quality services
• Customer orientation - Establishes and maintains long-term customer relationships, building trust and respect by consistently meeting and exceeding expectations. Able to work with diverse work force
• Policies and Procedures - Articulates knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems
• PC Skills - Experience using computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and pharmacy information systems required.
• Financial management - Applies tools and processes to successfully manage drug cost budget. Able to direct cost-effective drug therapy via clinical protocols
• Project management - Able to assess work activities and allocate resources appropriately. Able to work independently and handle stress appropriately
- B.S. or PharmD from an ACPE-accredited College of Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy is preferred)
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency, with 1-3 years of focused clinical experience in Infectious Disease
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 residency in Infectious Disease
- Completion of 4-5 years of related clinical experience in Infectious Disease, or holds current certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with added qualifications in Infectious Disease (BCPS-ID)
- Active Virginia Pharmacist License - obtained as soon as possible, but required within 60 days of employment
AGE-SPECIFIC PATIENT POPULATIONS:
- Adult (19-64 years)
- Geriatric (65 years)