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Corporate Director Pharmacy

Job Code:  75364
Facility: UHS of Delaware Inc. - Corporate Office
Location: KING OF PRUSSIA, PA US Northeast
Region: Northeast
Travel Involved: 40-50%
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree 
Category: Professionals
FTE: 1
Position Summary:

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected healthcare management companies, operating through its subsidiaries’ acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase healthcare properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion.

The Corporate Director of Pharmacy Operations is responsible for all areas of clinical pharmacy operations for UHS to include but not be limited to: leadership of Pharmacy service line, regulatory compliance, clinical pharmacy support initiatives that impact drug utilization, clinical education and staff development, management of appropriate medication utilization, strategic planning, day-to-day operations, financial management and personnel management.

Essential Job Duties:

Responsible for ensuring the development of drug utilization review and other clinical initiatives pertaining to positive outcome and cost savings that impact drug utilization.

Ensures the provision of education and support to UHS facility pharmacy staff with regard to clinical protocol justification, execution, and implementation. Provides education for such initiatives in-person, via Webinar, teleconference or other interpersonal communication. Ensures facility DOPs are aware of clinical initiatives and clinical cost-savings opportunities.
Assists UHS Corporate IS to incorporate clinical protocols and other clinical initiatives into the Pharmacy IS System.

Assists facility pharmacies, as needed, with the development and maintenance of an approved Formulary. Provides “white papers” and other related documentation to assist with efforts for Formulary inclusion or exclusion. Assists with the establishment of specifications for the procurement of medications, chemicals and biologicals. Assists to identify potential cost-savings opportunities via appropriate Formulary management.

Monitors and guides a Corporate system that tracks medication errors, adverse drug reactions and pharmacist interventions. Assists, makes recommendations, develops and implements improved clinical procedures and “best practices” to minimize and prevent future adverse medication events. Presents ADE, ADR, CAT and Intervention Reports to the appropriate UHS Corporate Departments.

Facilitates the creation of a Corporate educational program for facility pharmacy staff. Facilitates the medication education needs of other healthcare professionals. Ensures that there is an adequate system to track applicable CE records, competencies and licensure both at the facility and corporate level.

Develops continuous quality and operations improvement programs and provides guidance and facilitation to local DOPs to implement programs related to pharmacy clinical activities.

Represents the group interests of UHS facility DOPs with regard to corporate clinical initiatives pertaining to clinical IS, such as CPOE, eMAR, MACC, etc.


Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy with a minimum of 5 - 8 years experience required.  Preferred:  Pharm. D., M.B.A., M.S. Pharmaceutics, M.S. Pharmacology or M. S.  Pharmacodynamics with 8 - 10 years experience.

Maintains an active pharmacy license.

Ability to collaborate and work with others as a team to achieve common goals.

Thorough knowledge of medications and pharmacy clinical activities is a must.

Prior experience as a clinical coordinator, clinical manager and development of clinical protocols.

Experience in directing cost-effective drug therapy via clinical protocols.

Experience as a Director of Pharmacy for acute care hospital preferably a healthcare system.

Ability to work independently and handle stress appropriately. Ability to work cooperatively with hospital Directors of Pharmacy and pharmacy staff. Ability to handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule. Ability to set priorities, make critical decisions and respond quickly to emergency requests.

Foster a team environment by providing clinical education, support, and training to new pharmacy team members. Ability to manage a diverse workforce. Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and written) to other health care providers, primarily physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.

Software skills using MS office, proficiency with MS Word and MS Excel, some knowledge of MS Access.

Technologically competent, knowledge of Pharmacy IS systems, automated medication dispensing systems, physician order entry, bar coding applications, and integration into clinical decision making.

Experience with maximizing the financial impact relative to all aspects of pharmacy management.

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 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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