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Pharmacy Clinical Services

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The members of the Deaconess Pharmacy Department, which is composed of over 60 Pharmacists, over 40 Technicians and 2 Pharmacy Residents, work together to provide the staffing for Deaconess Main Pharmacy, Deaconess Gateway Pharmacy, Deaconess Women's Hospital, multiple ambulatory clinics (i.e. oncology, anticoagulation, MTM, outpatient specialty retail pharmacy), and multiple specialty areas (i.e. surgery satellite, home infusion, emergency services).  As a result, the opportunities for the staff to work in an area of their interest are endless.  All Pharmacists are considered Clinical Pharmacists and are encouraged to practice clinically. A combination of RPh and PharmD practitioners function in all aspects of pharmacy practice after an extensive training program.  Due to the variety of experiences offered, our pharmacists have gone beyond the basic pharmacy training and obtained special advanced credentials to expand their clinical role.

Pharmacy Clinical Services

The Deaconess campus has designated pharmacists at the Main Campus and at Deaconess Gateway scheduled each day to work on Nursing Units to provide clinical services without any drug distribution responsibility. Daily opportunities include:

  • Order Verification and Profile Review
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing service
  • Nutrition support team consult service and team participation
  • Automatic IV to PO conversion
  • Anticoagulation consult service
  • Pain management consult service
  • Admission medication reconciliation
  • Warfarin patient counseling
  • Renal dosing adjustments via protocol
  • Inservice opportunities
  • Code Blue participation
  • Consults and consistent review for interactions and compatibility

Pharmacists also function in order entry and IV preparation quality assurance and are offered the opportunity to become as involved as they desire in projects related to the Pharmacy Department, such as P&T participation, Medication Use Evaluation and committee participation. Other Pharmacy services include:

  • Deaconess Family Pharmacy - outpatient specialty retail pharmacy
  • Oncology Infusion Satellite
  • Surgery Satellite
  • Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Medication Therapy Management Clinic
  • Pharmacy Services contracted to Deaconess Women's Hospital
  • Pharmacy Services contracted to Deaconess Cross Pointe Psychiatric Hospital
  • Pharmacy Newsletter
  • Monthly Journal Club or Clinical Pearls Presentation
  • Monthly Competency
  • Assist in precepting Doctor of Pharmacy for students
  • Additionally, Deaconess Health System began their PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program in 2006. This ASHP-accredited program accepts two residents each year.

Pharmacy Students

Deaconess is proud to help teach our future pharmacists through both IPPE and APPE rotations from Purdue, Butler, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Colleges of Pharmacy, and Creighton.  The rotation offered include:
  • Hospital IPPE
  • Adult Internal Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Anticoagulation
  • Surgery
  • Home Care/Hospice
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Family Medicine
  • Community Service
  • Community Pharmacy at Deaconess Family Pharmacy
All students are asked to complete and fax the following paperwork before starting their rotation at Deaconess.
Non-Employee Statement of Confidentiality


Deaconess Pharmacists have a high level of credibility with the Medical Staff who frequently seek the advice of a Pharmacist. Pharmacists are consulted daily by the Medical Staff for drug dosing and evaluation of further medication needs. Teamwork within the department exceeds most places of employment. This group of pharmacists and technicians work together for the best interest of the patients at Deaconess Hospital.