Regional Pharmacist-Southern IL

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Wexford Health

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POSITION: Regional Pharmacist- Southern IL
SCHEDULE: Full-Time  8a-5p Monday-Friday
LOCATION: Hybrid- Travel to southern site locations. 

Hill, IL River, Lincoln, Logan, Western, Jacksonville, Danville, Decatur, Taylorville, Graham, Robinson, Graham, SWICC, Vandalia, Centralia, Lawrence, Pinckneyville, Big Muddy, Menard, Shawnee, Vienna, Murphysboro

A Job Should be MORE than just a paycheck.

Wexford Health Sources, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest correctional health care providers.  Over the past 30 years, our team of dedicated clinical professionals has helped literally millions of justice-involved patients receive life-changing medical and mental health services.
The majority of our patients come from marginalized or impoverished backgrounds.  In many cases, our doctors, nurses, and behavioral health professionals represent the patient’s first experience with quality, compassionate health care.
We heal and rehabilitate thousands of incarcerated patients every day.
When you join Wexford Health, you do more than just further your career.
You also become part of a team-a family-whose mission is to care for patients that cannot care for themselves.
You change lives.
You make a difference.
If you are looking for a position that empowers you to do MORE… then look at Wexford Health.

•    Annual review with performance increase
•    Generous paid-time off program that combines vacation and sick leave
•    Paid holidays
•    Comprehensive health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield
•    Dental and Vision insurance
•    401(k) retirement saving plans
•    Company-paid short-term disability
•    Healthcare and dependent care spending account

The Regional Pharmacist is a registered pharmacist with the state of Illinois who will serve as the administrative and clinical lead in pharmacy management.  Coordinates the clinical activity as it relates to pharmacy.  Serves as a drug information and educational resource to medical staff, nursing staff and ancillary department personnel. Also serves as an operational contact for site leadership as well as a liaison with the pharmacy vendor within the contract.

Pharmacist Clinical Responsibilities

  • ​​​Coordinates and manages clinical pharmacy activities region-wide. Assigns projects and monitors progress.
  • Drug Utilization
    • Review requests for high-cost medications and ensure the most cost-effective therapies are available
    • Review non-formulary requests for medications
    • Review requests for stock medication and improve medication inventory per site
    • Perform regular Drug Utilization Evaluations (DUEs) and explore areas to improve medication usage within the contract
  • Answers questions and provides information to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals on the appropriate use of medications, drug interactions, side effects, dosage, storage, etc.
    • Educate staff on clinical topics at the site level as well as across the contract
    • Educate staff on current policies and procedures and help staff identify resources available to them
  • Responsible for responding to all medication information inquiries
  • Work directly with Wexford Corporate/Medical Staff
    • Available to answer medication inquiries from medical providers at the site level
    • Work with IL leadership staff to answer and resolve medication questions that arise or provide additional information
  • Assists in training/teaching programs (Departmental, Medical, Nursing, Correctional Community).
  • Participate in Wexford Corporate P&T Committee meetings as well as Illinois Department of Corrections P&T Committee meetings.

Pharmacist Operational Responsibilities

    • Liaison between the pharmacy vendors and facilities
      • Point of contact for pharmacy vendors
      • Ensure that medications are received at the site in timely manner and resolve variances in medication delivery
      • Resolve questions regarding medication administration or medication supplies needed from purchasing
      • Contact pharmacy to ensure that certain medications are procured and dispensed/administered
    • Liaison between Pharmacy vendors and Regional Psychiatrists
      • Ensure that medication issues that arise are adequately addressed, including
        • Polypharmacy
        • High-cost medication usage
    • Point of contact for drug information inquiries and issues from medical staff
      • Answer question from staff or problem solve issues that arise with regard to medication procurement, storage and administration
    • Participates in departmental and organizational performance improvement and CQI activities.
    • Participates in internal and external initiatives, relevant boards, task forces, committee meetings and other activities.
    • Ongoing accountability for the continuous assessment, improvement, coordination and integration of the department services and standards of care into the pharmacy’s primary function. 
    • Liaison with the consultant pharmacist at each site regarding site inspection and adequate licensing.
    • Ensures compliance with established procedures concerning quality control, security of controlled substances and disposal of hazardous waste.
    • Ensures compliance with policies and procedures of the Illinois Department of Corrections and Wexford Health Sources.
    • Establishes and enforces policies, procedures, standards and objectives. 

Upon receiving the necessary training and/or instruction, performs other related duties as required or assigned.

LICENSING: Current, valid Pharmacist license in the State of Illinois
EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited School of Pharmacy 
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years’ experience as a pharmacist in a hospital or correctional setting





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