DSHS Director of Pharmacy
Eastern State Hospital seeks a Director of Pharmacy. The pharmacy provides services for approximately 340 patients at Eastern State Hospital (ESH). Clinical pharmacists also provide pharmacological counsel to 30+ providers, both psychiatric and medical provided within the mission of Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Behavioral Health Services (BHA) and Eastern States Hospital (ESH) to “transform lives by supporting sustainable recovery, independence and wellness.
The Pharmacy Director is responsible for overseeing the entire scope of daily mission-critical functions performed by the pharmacy department at ESH; ensuring that the hospital meets the medication management standards of accrediting bodies including The Joint Commission (TJC), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) standards. Accreditation is critical for sustainable operation and continued federal funding. Responsibility for meeting these standards involves developing policies and procedures that medical, nursing and pharmacy staff follows, with the main focus on patient safety and accountability of medications. This Director of Pharmacy supervises Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and billing/purchasing technicians. This requires completion of annual employee evaluations, performance and development plans, daily work performance feedback and corrective action if required. In addition, the Director serves as a key member of the hospital executive team and consultant to other BHA teams.
Other duties performed
- Supervises 14 pharmacy staff: combination of 7 clinical pharmacists and 7 pharmacy technicians; pharmacy students and residents.
- Directly supervises the Medicare Part D prescription billing process which is responsible for billing and reimbursement of approximately $1.4 million in revenue for ESH;
- Reviews medical literature and develops policies and procedures effecting standards of pharmacy practice and describing how to meet patients’ pharmaceutical care and medication safety needs;
- Reviews policies regarding medications including prescribing, dispensing, administration, and monitoring, as well as regulatory and accreditation issues;
- Has oversight of the medication budget for ESH. ($5.3 million for SY 2021);
- Serves as contract administrator for the CareFusion (Pyxis) contract ($260,000/annually executive team and consultant to other BHA teams.
- Provides clinical pharmacological consultative services and acts a peer reviewer for clinical pharmacological consults written by pharmacists;
- Serves on multiple hospital and patient care committees to act as a liaison or representative between the Pharmacy and committees;
- Facilitates hospital-wide committees and work groups;
- Leverage pharmacy expertise to improve quality, safety, patient experience, patient access to quality healthcare across the continuum of care, and the economic performance of the organization.
What we’re looking for in a Pharmacy Director
A valid Washington State license to practice pharmacy AND Graduation from an accredited college of pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree OR
Master of Science (M.S.) degree with clinical emphasis OR
Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy with clinical emphasis, a completed Residency Program in Clinical Pharmacy, a specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacy, or an administrative specialty residency, and 2 years’ of clinical consultative pharmacy experience of clinical consultative pharmacy experience OR
Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and the equivalent of 5 years’ of clinical pharmacy consultative experience
Skills and Abilities
- Proficiency to work collaboratively and respectfully with all staff and patients to accomplish the mission of the hospital;
- A skilled leader with experience developing staff and departmental relationships across a hospital environment.
- Experience working in a unionized environment.
- Ability to work with persons who have behavioral, emotional, psychiatric, social, medical and/or correctional problems and who may exhibit inappropriate non-compliant and/or aggressive behavior;
- Ability to work in a facility receiving Medicare Funds.
- Technical knowledge and ability; skilled in using automated medication dispensing systems, such as Pyxis products and electronic health records and other technological innovations;
- Knowledge and skills to function as a Clinical Pharmacist;
- Ability to communicate with management, peers, clients, and the public.
- Experience leading operational improvement projects.
- Demonstrates personal leadership qualities and business acumen essential to operate effectively within the health system and to advance the profession and practice of pharmacy.
To Apply–Submit a completed application and attach your resume and cover letter.
Questions about 00059? Contact Joshua.Shawhan@dshs.wa.gov.