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Pharmaceutical Care Services

Providence Alaska Medical Center

Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC) in Anchorage consists of 401 acute care beds and is part of the integrated Providence St. Joseph Health System across seven states. The Alaska region includes Providence Kodiak, Valdez and Seward Medical Centers; Providence Extended Care and Transitional Care Centers; Family Practice, General Medical and Senior Clinics; assisted living and drug abuse rehabilitation facilities and Outpatient Infusion Center. The health system supports a Family Practice Physician Residency program and provides training sites for the University of Alaska at Anchorage Nursing and UAA/Idaho State University pharmacy programs. Major service lines include Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Emergency, Rehab/Neuro, Cardiovascular/Critical Care, Behavioral Health and the Children’s Hospital. Pharmacy services are supported by an electronic medical record with physician order entry and bedside barcoding. Formulary, clinical and operational systems and services are integrated with the other Providence Saint Joseph Health System ministries.

Health screening, including a urine drug/nicotine screen, is required by the Human Resources department prior to the beginning of the residency program. This is arranged through Human Resources prior to starting the position. Providence does not hire nicotine users (any source including nicotine replacement/cessation products).

PAMC Pharmaceutical Care Services Department

The Pharmaceutical Care Services Department employs over 70 FTEs of pharmacists, technicians and support personnel with 24 hour per day services including:

  • Centralized unit dose distribution, order verification and IV Admixture service
  • Decentralized Clinical Services including an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • ICU Satellite pharmacy and order verification
  • Emergency Department
  • Outpatient IV Infusion and Cancer Therapy Center

The department is committed to providing and expanding the pharmacy’s role in the delivery of quality pharmaceutical care. This includes:

  • Routine Focused Medication Use Review – Routine order screening and medication use trouble shooting, patient profile review, dosing and monitoring of aminoglycosides, warfarin, digoxin, anticonvulsants, pain medications, parenteral nutrition, drugs in renal impairment, and other target drugs; antibiotic use review, adverse drug reaction monitoring, therapeutic exchange program, medication reconciliation, transition of care services. All vancomycin dosing is done by pharmacists.
  • Interdisciplinary Rounds – Family Practice, Hospitalist, Critical Care, Coronary Care, Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Oncology, Tumor Board.
  • Patient Education – Warfarin, Chemotherapy, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Consults
  • Medication Use Quality Improvement Activities – Medication Use Guidelines and Policy Development, Drug Use Evaluation, Newsletters, Quality Measures and National Patient Safety Goal Initiatives, Providence St. Joseph Health System Quality Initiatives
  • Drug Formulary Management – Providence St. Joseph Health Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee class reviews and monograph development
  • Code Attendance - Cardiac, Stroke and Sepsis Alerts
  • Investigational Drug Program in Oncology
  • Staff Education – Staff Meetings, Weekly Clinical Meetings, Competency Program
  • Teaching – Pharmacists, Pharmacy Interns, Medical Residents, Medical Staff, Nurses, Public and Pharmacy Association Presentations