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Director, Acute Pharmacy

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Employer:  Denver Health & Hospital Authority
City:  Denver
State:  Colorado (CO)
Position type:  Full-Time

JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Acute Care Pharmacy is responsible for department operations which result in the provision of quality pharmaceutical care in accordance with accepted ethical and professional practices and all legal and regulatory requirements.  Establishes pharmacy services which are cost-effective and sufficient to meet the needs of the patient as determined by the Medical Staff and Hospital Administration.  Plan, organize, direct, control, monitor, and evaluate pharmacy services. Provides leadership and direction for all Acute Care Pharmacy programs within DHMC. Establishes pharmacy areas with adequate space, equipment, and supplies for the storage, preparation, and dispensing of drugs. All drug storage and preparation areas within the pharmacy, throughout the hospital, and in the clinics are under the supervision of the Director Drug therapy monitoring services are provided in keeping with the patient's needs.  In conjunction with the medical and nursing staff, shall develop and maintain written policies and procedures governing the safe administration of drugs and biologicals.  Assures that written policies and procedures that are essential for patient safety and for the control, accountability, and intra-hospital use and distribution of drugs are reviewed and revised as necessary, and enforced.




Education:  Bachelor of Science degree or Doctor of Pharmacy degree or equivalent.  An advanced degree (MS or MBA) is strongly preferred.  Have completed an accredited approved residency program, or demonstrate equivalent experience.


Experience: Typically five years of previous hospital pharmacy administrative experience in a large hospital as Manager or Director of Pharmacy.  Be familiar with clinical, administrative, educational, and research activities in contemporary hospital pharmacy practice. Extensive experience with computerized drug distribution systems, drug preparation and drug use control systems, drug product selection, purchasing, inventory control, and clinical pharmacy services.  Possess previous experience with computerized pharmacy management systems.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Possess effective oral and written communication skills in English. Demonstrate a desire to contribute to the pharmaceutical literature, and to be active in the leadership of local and national professional organizations.  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of rational drug therapy and be able to train others in providing rational drug therapy.  Demonstrate knowledge and ability to fiscally manage a hospital pharmacy division. Demonstrate effective personnel management skills. Demonstrates the ability to foster teamwork and take responsibility to ensure the delivery of high quality care and service to both patients and staff.   Demonstrates proficiency in critical thinking, conflict management, and problem solving. Demonstrates knowledge of cost justification and cost accounting techniques.


Certificate/License/Registration: Valid State of Colorado Pharmacist’s License or eligible for licensure at the time of appointment.  Maintain continuing education credits to maintain professional licensure. Have the training for aseptic technique and sterile product preparation as required by law, if applicable. All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.


Denver Health
 is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

“Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer of all individuals, including women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.”

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