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Job Details for Chief of Pharmacy - La Rabida Children's Hospital

Where Chicago, IL

Description La Rabida Children’s Hospital is a specialty pediatric provider located on the shores of Chicago’s Lake Michigan. Our mission is to provide specialized, family-centered health care to children with medically complex conditions, disabilities, and chronic illness. Through expertise, compassion and advocacy, we help children and their families reach their fullest potential, regardless of their ability to pay.

La Rabida serves approximately 9,000 children annually via a number of unique and innovative programs. This includes providing inpatient transitional care from neonatal and pediatric intensive care units to home for children dependent on medical technology, born prematurely or requiring inpatient rehabilitation due to brain injury, burns or post-surgery. La Rabida’s outpatient services provide specialty clinics in the areas of diabetes, sickle cell disease and cerebral palsy. Our NCQA recognized patient centered medical home program for children with special needs serves more than 2000 children. In addition to medical and nursing services all programs are supported by robust interdisciplinary teams with specialties including behavioral health, social work, physical, occupational, speech and developmental therapies, nutrition, respiratory care, case management and care coordination. La Rabida also offers a set of unique programs including our Children’s Advocacy and Trauma Centers that serve children who have been abused, neglected or experienced trauma, our Child and Family Connections Program serves as a system point of entry for children who require early intervention services and our most recent program La Rabida Care Coordination.

La Rabida Children’s Hospital Website:

Interested applicants should contact Mike Patlovich at

Responsibilities SUMMARY:
The Chief of Pharmacy primary responsibilities include: the management and supervision of all departmental staff, actively participating in the dispensation of medication, establishing quality assurance protocols for the department, and educating staff regarding new and updated techniques for both the Inpatient and Retail pharmacies. In addition, the Chief of Pharmacy will be responsible for retail claim adjudication and in-patient billing, along with overall management of the department budget. Collaborates with Finance, Revenue Cycle and Supply Chain on financial reporting, managed care contracting and group purchasing vendor selection, respectively.


Managerial - 40%
- Leads and directs the development and execution of strategies for delivering operational and clinical pharmacy services in order to achieve high quality, affordable services for
patients and families.
- Develops and implements plans to continually improve cost for pharmaceutical and delivery of pharmacy services.
- Oversees technology assessment, implementation, revision and ongoing maintenance of information technology to manage the medication use process in addition to optimization of
clinical information systems to effectively manage medication use across the continuum.
- Designs daily distribution systems for inpatient and outpatient pharmacy that provides the highest level of patient safety.
- Assumes oversight of compliance with billing and payment regulations including but not limited to pre-authorizations, MCO’s contracts and CMS regulations.
- Interviews, hires, disciplines and/or terminates pharmacy personnel.
- Represents department on various committees including but not limited to Quality management and Infection Control.
- Reports to Administration on department’s activities/accomplishments.
- Prepares and responsible for department budget.
- Oversees the keeping of appropriate patient and prescription records as dictated by federal and state authorities.
- Performs duties in accordance with departmental policies and procedures and recognized professional, regulatory, quality, environmental and infection prevention standards.
- Assumes day-to-day liability for same to the best of his/her abilities.
- Co-Chairs the monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee meetings
- Provides oversight of the Antibiotic Stewardship program
- Oversees all operations of both the inpatient and retail pharmacies to assure compliance with all state and federal regulations.

Dispensing - 20%
- Participates in hands-on preparation on inpatient and outpatient IV and medication orders to whatever extent is necessary to maintain or augment an appropriate departmental

Educational - 10%
- Orientation and in-service for pharmacy personnel, physicians, resident, nursing, and other appropriate hospital staff.
- Provides drug information to hospital staff and customers.
- Conducts monthly and as needed meetings with Pharmacy staff to review new techniques, exchange information, review educational needs, etc.
- Participates in outside educational programs, workshops, etc.

Supervisory - 20%
- Maintains employee relations and provides guidance and counseling as needed.
- Supervises drug purchases and inventory control
- Directs to day-to-day activities of pharmacy personnel
- Develops, in conjunction with the Medical Staff, and oversees the Hospital Drug Formulary.
- Develops, maintains, and implements a working department plan and contributes to the development/implementation of a division plan for the Hospital Clinical Services Department.

QA - 10%
- Establishes QA protocols for the department
- Monitors and reports on the same
- Performs performance appraisals of pharmacy staff
- Participates in drug use evaluation and other related duties.
- Directs/coordinates department’s clinical programs and monitors the same.

¯ Plans and manages assigned staff toward accomplishment of La Rabida’s mission including recruitment; scheduling; training and development; counseling/coaching; appraisal and
recognition; and recommending salary, promotional, disciplinary, and other personal actions in accord with existing policies and procedures.

¯ Plans and manages the department budget to ensure responsible controls over, and efficient utilization of hospital resources.

¯ Understands that he/she, and the staff that he/she supervises, generates, updates, transmits or otherwise works with Protected Health Information (PHI), and insures that he/she, as
well as the staff he/she supervises, treats PHI according to the Hospital’s policies and procedures.

Requirements Education:
B.S. in Pharmacy required; Pharm D. and/or M.B.A. preferred

Related Work Experience:
5 years hospital supervisor/managerial experience required; background in pediatric specialty preferred; Experience with both hospital inpatient and retail pharmacies strongly preferred

Illinois License and registration

Goals and Expectations:

The Chief of Pharmacy will be expected to accomplish several key objectives within the first 12-18 months. The following represent some of those challenges, but are not listed in order of priority:

• Develop trust and sound working relationships with the executive team, the medical staff, the pharmacy staff and employees throughout La Rabida Children’s Hospital.
• Interact professionally and personally with patients and families.
• Conduct an overall assessment of the Pharmacy Department. Review current policies and procedures and implement changes if appropriate.
• Evaluate current staff in the Pharmacy Department as well as current staffing levels.
• Lead the Pharmacy Department to continue to receive outstanding Joint Commission reviews. (next visit ~ 11/2020)
• Ensure the Pharmacy Department continues to effectively communicate with and support external departments.
• Reduce the already low level of medical errors in the Pharmacy Department.

Compensation -

Posted On 07/09/2019


Employer La Rabida Children's Hospital
Chicago, IL

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