One of the nation's largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America's Top 500 Public Companies.
Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.
Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.
Serves as the strategic, authoritative expert in safe medication use with responsibility for analysis and oversight of medication system, which includes: the formulary system storage, ordering verification, preparation, dispensing, administration, and monitoring within the UHS Acute Care facilities. Participates in facility assessments to evaluate overall functionality of the medication safety program and target clinical practices associated with overall patient safety.
The Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacist - Acute Division, establishes the vision for a safe medication use system, develops a medication safety plan, leads activities to achieve the vision and plan, and supports and enhances the culture of safety. Serves as an expert resource for medication safety, which includes: safe system designs, management of medication-related risks and adverse events, establishing and standardizing the Medication Safety Committees at each facility and leading the Acute Division Medication Safety activities. Assures integration of medication safety into orientation and training of all providers.
Essential Job Duties:
Identifies best practices for medication safety. Performs a system wide analysis of adverse drug events based on the data reported from each facility. Identifies trends from a system wide and facility basis to determine if corrective actions are needed. Develops performance measures and reports on a frequent basis. Analyzes facility reporting systems to determine their effectiveness in terms of adverse drug event capture, timeliness of reporting, and usefulness of information captured. Analyzes current practices that contribute to medication errors and take proactive steps for prevention. Collaborates with leaders and facilitates process and system changes and reduces the likelihood of occurrence and reoccurrence of medical error.
Provides project management and overall facilitation for prioritizing and advocating patient safety initiatives related to the design and implementation of systems and processes that support medication safety. Develops project plans and implements in a timely fashion.
Reviews medication safety bulletins, alerts or publications and conducts an assessment of medication management systems and process to determine where opportunities for improvement exist. Formulates recommendations and works with Facility pharmacy directors to develop an implementation and education plan. Provides education guidance and assistance to Facilities as it relates to medication safety.
Participates in facility based root cause analysis (RCAs) related to medication adverse events. Evaluates systems and process change recommendations on a system level to determine where medication safety risks exist and opportunities for improvement are needed. Develops a system wide plan for implementation and recommendations as well as increased awareness of risks identified with this type of event.
Establishes a system wide working forum on medication safety. Establishes and standardizes a Medication Safety Committee at each facility, including standard agenda topics, follow-up and tracking. Provides monthly reports on medication safety at the Acute Division PSC meeting.
Provides direct involvement in ensuring ongoing safety of UHS technology related to medications, i.e. CPOE, medication reconciliation, automated dispensing cabinets, electronic MARs.