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Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacist - Acute Division - (6961)

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Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacist - Acute Division - (6961)

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UHS Corporate
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA 19406 US (Primary)
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Job Description

One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.

Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.

Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

Serves as the strategic, authoritative expert in safe medication use with responsibility for analysis and oversight of medication system, which includes: the formulary system storage, ordering verification, preparation, dispensing, administration, and monitoring within the UHS Acute Care facilities.  Participates in facility assessments to evaluate overall functionality of the medication safety program and target clinical practices associated with overall patient safety.  


The Medication Safety Clinical Pharmacist - Acute Division, establishes the vision for a safe medication use system, develops a medication safety plan, leads activities to achieve the vision and plan, and supports and enhances the culture of safety. Serves as an expert resource for medication safety, which includes: safe system designs, management of medication-related risks and adverse events, establishing and standardizing the Medication Safety Committees at each facility and leading the Acute Division Medication Safety activities. Assures integration of medication safety into orientation and training of all providers.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Identifies best practices for medication safety. Performs a system wide analysis of adverse drug events based on the data reported from each facility. Identifies trends from a system wide and facility basis to determine if corrective actions are needed. Develops performance measures and reports on a frequent basis. Analyzes facility reporting systems to determine their effectiveness in terms of adverse drug event capture, timeliness of reporting, and usefulness of information captured. Analyzes current practices that contribute to medication errors and take proactive steps for prevention. Collaborates with leaders and facilitates process and system changes and reduces the likelihood of occurrence and reoccurrence of medical error.
  • Provides project management and overall facilitation for prioritizing and advocating patient safety initiatives related to the design and implementation of systems and processes that support medication safety. Develops project plans and implements in a timely fashion.
  • Reviews medication safety bulletins, alerts or publications and conducts an assessment of medication management systems and process to determine where opportunities for improvement exist. Formulates recommendations and works with Facility pharmacy directors to develop an implementation and education plan. Provides education guidance and assistance to Facilities as it relates to medication safety. 
  • Participates in facility based root cause analysis (RCAs) related to medication adverse events. Evaluates systems and process change recommendations on a system level to determine where medication safety risks exist and opportunities for improvement are needed. Develops a system wide plan for implementation and recommendations as well as increased awareness of risks identified with this type of event.
  • Establishes a system wide working forum on medication safety. Establishes and standardizes a Medication Safety Committee at each facility, including standard agenda topics, follow-up and tracking.   Provides monthly reports on medication safety at the Acute Division PSC meeting.
  • Provides direct involvement in ensuring ongoing safety of UHS technology related to medications, i.e. CPOE, medication reconciliation, automated dispensing cabinets, electronic MARs.
Job Requirements

Phar D with 8 + years experience required, additionally, to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a minimum of five years pharmacy experience in healthcare organization with increasing responsibility, including in medication safety practices.  

  • Possess critical thinking skills and independent analysis of identified medication safety problems, effectively problem solves utilizing appropriate resources for corrective actions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of medication safety practices and prevention techniques. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage confidential information
  • Effective administrative and management skills.
  • Ability to manage, mentor, and motivate facility based staff, using effective interpersonal verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective problem solving, persuasion, and negotiation techniques.
  • Knowledge of healthcare facility operations, functions, and staffing requirements.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and policies and procedures
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations, applicable state licensure and accreditation laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge and skills with use of computer and various software products (i.e., Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook, MIDAS, etc.)
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures
  • Frequent travel to assigned facilities and other locations as deemed necessary to accomplish goals of the department/corporation.
  • Remote possibility 
  • 70% - 80% travel

If you meet the above requirements and are looking for a rewarding career, please take a moment to share your background with us by applying online. UHS offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and benefits programs including medical, dental, life insurance and 401k.

*UHS is a registered trademark of UHS of Delaware, Inc., the management company for Universal Health Services, Inc. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. Universal Health Services, Inc. is a holding company and operates through its subsidiaries including its management company, UHS of Delaware, Inc. All healthcare and management operations are conducted by subsidiaries of Universal Health Services, Inc. To the extent any reference to "UHS or UHS facilities" on this website including any statements, articles or other publications contained herein relates to our healthcare or management operations it is referring to Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Further, the terms "we," "us," "our" or "the company" in such context similarly refer to the operations of Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Any employment referenced in this website is not with Universal Health Services, Inc. but solely with one of its subsidiaries including but not limited to UHS of Delaware, Inc.

UHS is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at UHS via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of UHS. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by UHS as a result of the referral or through other means.



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