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Lead Pharmacist - Outpatient Pharmacy - Mercy Health - West Hospital

Job ID: 4670575
Updated: November 8, 2018
Geographic Location: Cincinnati
Department: Outpatient Pharmacy
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Standard Hours: 40

Job Summary


CORE VALUES:  It is expected that all of the duties and responsibilities of this position will be performed in a manner that reflects the values of Mercy Health Partners, which are:  Excellence, Human Dignity, Justice, Compassion, Sacredness of Life and Service.

BASIC PURPOSE:Assist Director of Pharmacy in organizing, coordinating and supervising all activities of the Pharmacy Department in accordance with hospital policies, standard practices of the profession and State and Federal laws.  The Lead Pharmacist is also responsible for organizing pharmaceutical care for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life.

Pharmaceutical Care

  • The care that a given patient requires and receives which assures safe and rational medication usage.
  • Inherently means that the pharmacist is responsible for and is to be held accountable for a patients’ achieving the desired clinical outcomes regarding the use of medications.
  • It is ultimately the responsibility of the pharmacist to perform the functions necessary to attain the desired outcome of medication therapy.
  • The goal is patient care outcome rather than the performance of tasks.
Strategic Objectives
  • Optimal therapeutic outcomes by ensuring safe and effective (rational) medication therapy
  • Patient-focused care
  • Quality procurement, preparation and distribution of pharmaceutical products.



Incorporates the Core Values and Success Factors that support the Missionand Vision of Mercy Health Partners.


Follows Mercy Health Partners policies and maintains high standards of safe work performance.


Maintains a good attendance record as set forth in Mercy Health Partners policies.  Is willing to adjust personal schedule in case of a real department need, such as staying late to finish important duties, preparing for an inspection and changes in workload.


Reports to work when the scheduled shift begins.

  • Assumes Lead Pharmacist responsibilities:

Supervises and assists in training of Pharmacy personnel.

  • Creates work schedules and assignments.
  • Responsible for Pharmacy employee records such as:
  • Time and Attendance.
  • Vacation and Holiday requests.
  • Assists Director in administering Administrative, Human Resources and Pharmacy policies of the Hospital to Pharmacy personnel.
  • Completes Performance Appraisals for Pharmacy Technicians.
  • Assists Director with Performance Appraisals of Staff Pharmacists.

Collaborates with Clinical pharmacists and the Director of Pharmacy for the selection of those medications stocked in patient care areas. Works in collaboration with Buyer to assure proper inventory on hand for daily operations.

Assumes responsibility for day-to-day operations, especially in the absence of the Director of Pharmacy.  

    • Assists Pharmacy Director in assuring that the pharmacy services meet or exceed the professional standards outlined by JCAHO and all other regulatory agencies.
    • Coordinates development and maintenance of pharmacy programs related to patient care/technical standards. This includes the following:
    • Computerized medication and physician order processing
    • Automated cabinetry and physician order transmitting technology
    • Assists Director of Pharmacy in maintaining consistency of services provided across the IDN. Assures that existing policies and procedures meet current standards and reflect current practice
    • In conjunction with the Director, trains and develops an effective and efficient pharmacy staff.
    • Responsible for appropriate pharmacist and technician orientation and training.
    • Coordinates Oncology Pharmacy Service
    • Educates & trains the Oncology Pharmacy staff.
    • Maintains staff pharmacist skills as follows:
    • Interprets physicians’ medication orders for proper dosage, frequency, and route of administration, and drug interactions as related to a patient’s diagnosis and drug allergies, to ensure rational drug therapy for maximum patient benefit.
    • Contacts and confers with physicians regarding questions or irregularities on prescriptions.
    • Maintains patient record system to monitor medication therapy for safety and efficiency.
    • Compounds, admixes, and dispenses filled prescriptions as specified by physician’s orders.
    • Monitors medication and IV therapy in conjunction with electrolyte reports, Culture & Sensitivity reports, and information from patient profile and / or medical chart.
    • Provides clinical drug information to meet the needs of the physicians and nursing staff members through direct contact, committee participation and in service programs.
    • Performs special projects or other related work as required or requested.
    • Participates in departmental Continuous Quality Improvement Assurance program.
    • Demonstrates competency to evaluate and provide medication therapy for:
    • Newborns, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. (Where Applicable)
    • Annual objectives are developed, weighted and attached to employee performance appraisals.


  • Graduate of accredited collegeof Pharmacywith either a B.S. or Pharm-D. preferred
  • Licensed to practice in State of Ohio
  • 3-5 years hospital pharmacy practice required. Experienced with Unit Dose systems including related computer and automated technology, Chemotherapy and TPN preparation required. Experienced in pharmacokinetic dosing 

Mental Requirements

  • Capable of analyzing and problem solving, able to endure a high degree of stress and maintain flexibility.
  • Able to make independent decisions. Displays, promotes and reinforces a friendly, positive and helpful attitude toward our patients, guests and fellow employees, which insures the dignity of life.
  • Working Conditions
  • Subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Subject to hostile and emotionally upset personnel, visitors, physicians, etc.
  • Is willing to work beyond normal working hours, rotating shifts, which may include holidays, weekends, nights, or on call.

Shift and Job Schedule

Full-Time, 40 Hours/Weekly

Schedule: Days

Hours: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our policy to  abide by all Federal and State laws, as well as, the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a), prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibiting discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.


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