Pharmacy Department Profile
What does our Pharmacy Team say about Deaconess?
“I enjoy working for the Deaconess pharmacy department because it allows me to continually learn and develop professionally. Shortly after graduation, Deaconess pharmacy provided me the opportunity to expand my pharmacy knowledge by working in an outpatient oncology infusion center. Additionally, the staff is supportive in the advancement of my pharmacy career.”
--Chris Hicks, PharmD
Purdue, Class of 2011
“My career at Deaconess has expanded and evolved over the years to more than I could have imagined. Pharmacy focus and involvement in patient care provide me the unique interactions and personal fulfillment that I would not find anywhere else!”
St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Class of 2007
"Deaconess Pharmacy is proof the grass is greener on the other side. My career at Deaconess has allowed me to balance my personal and professional life, expand and utilize my clinical knowledge, work with a variety of healthcare professionals to improve patient care, and discover areas of pharmacy that spark my interest all while working with supportive team of pharmacists in a positive environment."
--Andrea Eisterhold, PharmD
The Ohio State University, Class of 2010
“Deaconess provides numerous opportunities for pharmacists to become involved in significant projects and make a system-wide difference. The pharmacy department is very progressive and fosters an environment in which clinical pharmacy can flourish.”
--Jeff Starkey, PharmD
Butler University, Class of 2010
PGY1 Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.
“I really like working with home infusion and hospice patients because I use my clinical knowledge as well as problem solving skills. I am constantly learning new therapies & new techniques. I work as part of an interdisciplinary team with nurses & doctors which allows for better patient outcomes. I get a lot of job satisfaction from knowing I helped keep a hospice patient pain free and comfortable at end of life.”
-- Stephanie Diersing, PharmD
Purdue University, 2002
Employed at Deaconess since 2007
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Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana provides the ideal job for pharmacists who want to practice in an environment which promotes continual career growth, interaction with physicians and other healthcare professionals, variety in daily activities, and teamwork in which all pharmacists function as clinical pharmacist.
Deaconess pharmacists have a range of experience: the new graduate who is successfully practicing clinically after an extensive 8 week orientation, the Board Certified specialist whose expertise is used in clinical practice and student education, the pharmacist who has worked in our department for 30 years and continues to grow clinically every year; and the pharmacy director who started as a staff pharmacist and transitioned into the director who applies her business background to push our department to continually expand the role of the pharmacist.
Collaboration with the multidisciplinary team is part of the culture of Deaconess Health System. Clinical consultation services are frequently requested by the Medical Staff for medication management. Pharmacists are viewed very positively by the Medical Staff, Nursing and Administration as the primary source for drug information and administrator of medication safety.
The Pharmacy Department supports a decentralized, patient-centered integrated model. Pharmacists work more than 50% of their time in a solely clinical role and the remaining time in some aspect of dispensing. At Deaconess, all Pharmacists are considered Clinical Pharmacists. Pharmacists are scheduled each day at Main Campus and Gateway to work on Nursing Units to provide clinical services without any drug distribution responsibility.
Some of the opportunities include pharmacokinetic dosing, nutrition support team, pain management, inpatient anticoagulation consult service, warfarin discharge counseling, automatic renal dosing protocols, oncology services, trauma service rounding, inservice opportunities, newsletter publication, drug expense reduction initiatives, and medication use evaluations.
Pharmacists are also involved with diverse ambulatory services. These services include two oncology infusion clinics, four anticoagulation clinic, home care infusion services, medication assistance program, surgery services/physician clinic consulting, outpatient specialty pharmacy services, and medication therapy management clinic serving both employee wellness and outpatient referrals. Other department specialty areas include our Surgery Satellites and contracted Pharmacy Services to the Deaconess Women's Hospital.
Role in Education
Our Pharmacists are heavily involved in education. Our department offers rotations for Doctor of Pharmacy students from Purdue, Butler University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Sullivan Universtiy, Manchester University, and many other pharmacy schools. Our affiliations allow experiences from throughout the state to impact our care. The Deaconess Family Medicine Residency program is affiliated with Indiana University School of Medicine. Butler University College of Pharmacy has faculty on site as their Regional Coordinator. Deaconess Pharmacy also offers two Post-Graduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency positions which are ASHP-accredited.
Take a look at Deaconess Pharmacy and have the opportunity to create the career that you have imagined for yourself.
Pharmaceutical Care Opportunities
Pharmacokinetic Dosing Service
Trauma and ICU Rounds
Nutrition Support Team
Inpatient Coumadin Education and Dosing
Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program with a focus on streamlining antibiotics and providing the most effective use of anti-infectives
Code Blue Participation
Automatic Renal Dosing
Automatic IV to PO Conversion
Medication Use Evaluation Studies
Medication Therapy Management Clinic
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Rotations for Doctor of Pharmacy students from Purdue, Butler, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and many other pharmacy schools
Monthly Competency Program
Monthly Journal Club
Formalized Clinical Pearls Sessions
Bob Scheller, Recruiter
600 Mary Street, Evansville, IN 47747
812-450-2362 or e-mail below.