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Pharmacy Clinical Services

The members of the Deaconess Pharmacy Department — which is composed of over 95 pharmacists, over 75 technicians, 7 pharmacy interns, and 4 pharmacy residents — work together to provide the staffing for:
  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 functions in all aspects of pharmacy practice after an extensive 8-week training program. Due to the variety of experiences offered, many of our pharmacists have gone beyond the basic pharmacy training by completing PGY1 Residency program and/or obtaining special advanced credentials to expand their clinical role.

Pharmacy Clinical Services
The Deaconess Health System has designated pharmacists at the Midtown Hospital and the Gateway Hospital scheduled each day to work on nursing units to provide clinical services without any drug distribution responsibility. Daily opportunities include:
  • Multi-disciplinary rounds
  • Order verification and profile review
  • Antimicrobial stewardship program
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing service
  • Nutrition support consult service
  • Automatic IV to PO conversion
  • Anticoagulation consult service
  • Rules based clinical screening to maximize therapy
  • Lecture opportunities
  • Admission medication history
  • Discharge medication reconciliation review
  • Patient counseling for a variety of new medications with focus on anticoagulants and anti-arrhythmics
  • Renal dosing adjustments via protocol
  • Code Blue participation
  • Consults and consistent review for interactions and compatibility
  • In-service opportunities
Pharmacists also function in order verification and IV preparation quality assurance. They 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 - retail and outpatient specialty pharmacy
  • Oncology infusion satellite
  • Surgery satellite
  • Ambulatory Clinics - Anticoagulation, Electrophysiology/Cardiology, Endocrinology, Heart Failure, Infectious Disease, Medication Therapy Management, Pain, Rheumatology
  • Pharmacy services contracted to The Women's Hospital
  • Pharmacy services contracted to Deaconess Cross Pointe
  • Monthly journal club or case presentation
  • Quarterly competency
  • Preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students
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, Manchester. The rotation offered includes:
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology
  • Community Pharmacy at Deaconess Family Pharmacy
  • Hospital IPPE
  • Hospital APPE
  • General Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology
All students are asked to complete and fax the following paperwork before starting their rotation at Deaconess.


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.
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