• Medication Safety Program Director

    Job Number
    Banner Pharmacy Services
    Pharm Clinical Svcs
    Address : Street
    2901 North Central Ave
    Address : Location
    Work Schedule
    Position Type
    FT: Full-Time
    Posting Category
    Leadership - Clinical
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    A position in a Banner Health pharmacy is one you can look forward to. Join an engaging environment of full service, high technology and experience a wide variety of responsibilities. You’ll also see how important a pharmacy job is to our ability to make life easier for our patients. Come enjoy great challenges and build both your knowledge of the field and your analytical skills.


    This is a key pharmacy position based out of the Banner corporate office in Phoenix.  This position serves as a liaison and informal leader between front-line clinicians, information technology staff, and key organizational leaders to identify, design, implement and monitor strategies to improve medication safety across all venues of care.


    The ideal candidate must have a strong background in medication safety and health-system pharmacy.  In addition, candidates must have an in-depth understanding of pharmacy workflow and the medication use process.  Strong project management and communication skills are essential. 


    Your pay and benefits (Total Rewards) are important components of your Journey at Banner Health. Banner Health offers a variety of benefit plans to help you and your family. We provide health and financial security options so you can focus on being the best at what you do and enjoying your life.


    About Banner Pharmacy Services
    Banner Pharmacy Services division provides excellent patient care across our entire continuum through convenient access, improved medication outcomes and innovative pharmacy practices. Banner Pharmacy Services will be recognized nationally as a clinical leader and trusted partner in proactively providing innovative pharmacy services through excellence in integration, care coordination, medication management and service to make a difference in people's lives. Banner is expanding its focus from being a hospital company to a clinical quality company focused on population health management. Clinical Pharmacy Services are also included in this robust new service line and are responsible for the management of the Banner formulary, development of standardized system wide clinical pharmacy services, and management of adverse drug event preventions. Clinical Pharmacy Services provides collaborative drug therapy management and educational interventions in patient care to optimize medication therapy, improve outcomes, promote wellness, and disease prevention.



    About Banner Health
    Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country and the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities we serve. Throughout our network of hospitals, primary care health centers, research centers, labs, physician practices and more, our skilled and compassionate professionals use the latest technology to make health care easier, so life can be better. The many locations, career opportunities, and benefits offered at Banner Health help to make the Banner Journey unique and fulfilling for every employee.


    Job Summary

    This position is responsible for identifying, designing, implementing, and monitoring strategies to improve medication safety across the continuum at Banner Health. In addition, this position assists in coordinating and reviewing enterprise wide medication error reporting to design, educate, implement and monitor medication safety process improvement activities. This position works in close collaboration with patient safety, pharmacy and key stakeholders to coordinate medication safety activities. Essential Functions:- Provides programmatic oversight of the Medication Safety Program for all Banner Health entities. Develop strategies to minimize the potential for medication errors associated with the medication use process. Manage and oversee the development, planning, implementation and maintenance of the medication safety program.- Actively identify medication safety opportunities utilizing medication event reporting data, published best practice standards and analysis of internal and external medication use practices. - Coordinates, investigates, analyzes, and responds to medication safety issues, events, significant care issues or trends. Conducts surveillance, analysis and data reporting for medication safety, while complying with regulatory/accreditation requirements. - Assess/investigate medication safety related events. Facilitate root cause analysis, proactive risk assessments, variation reduction and identifies improvements related to medication safety and prevention of harm through the use of process improvement methodologies and tools.- Provide oversight in the development, revision, implementation and monitoring of medication safety policies/procedures, protocols and clinical practices. - Assist in the design and evaluation of automation and technology with the intent of improving medication safety.- Leverages lessons learned and communicate recommendations/required actions to avoid future exposure of harm to patients. Present data and reports, deficiencies identified during internal surveillance and monitoring, and the status of implementation to key stakeholders and identified committees. - Serves as a subject matter expert on internal and external medication safety matters. Collaborates with system and facility teams: care management teams, clinical discipline teams, facility leadership, risk management, and other groups as appropriate. Provides education and resources to address changes, identify gaps in compliance, and educate leaders and staff on medication safety requirements.

    Essential Functions

  • Anticipates internal and external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve services, processes or products. Manages projects or programs. Recognized as an expert within the organization and within their field or function.

  • Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business. Presents complex ideas, anticipates potential objectives and persuades others to adopt a different point of view.

  • Develops innovative services, technologies, processes or products that address current and future customer problems or needs. Interacts primarily with customers, peers, peers managers, patients and physicians across the organization.

  • Makes decisions with general functional, company and industry guidelines. May manage budget for large and/or complex projects or programs.

  • Minimum Qualifications

    Advanced degree or equivalent working knowledge in the field.

    Pharmacy license

    - Strong background in medication safety.- Must have the ability to collect, analyze, and present data from a variety of sources to facilitate continuous improvements in medication safety initiatives.- Must possess demonstrated flexibility in responding to the needs of multiple constituencies with a service-oriented philosophy. Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate interdisciplinary teams. Must also possess demonstrated skill in problem analysis, project management, conflict resolution and oral/written presentation. Requires ability to balance and manage multiple projects.

    Preferred Qualifications

    PGY2 or fellowship in medication safetyBoard certification by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

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