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About Pharmacy

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the largest, not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital in New York. With more than 2,400 beds, it provides state-of-the art inpatient, ambulatory, and preventive care in all areas of medicine at seven major centers: the Weill Cornell Medical Center, the Columbia University Medical Center, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, the Komansky Children's Hospital, the Allen Hospital, Lower Manhattan Hospital, and the Westchester Division. As one of the largest and most comprehensive healthcare institutions in the world, the hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service. It ranks sixth on U.S. News & World Report's guide to America's Best Hospitals, and has the greatest number of physicians listed in New York magazine's Best Doctors issue. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

With our dedicated staff, modern facilities, state-of-the-art technology, commitment to quality care, and role in educating future health-care professionals, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) has earned a reputation as a leader in healthcare. Whether providing specialty care to the tiniest newborns, performing complex cardiothoracic surgery, or offering comprehensive primary care, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital delivers excellence in healthcare with compassion and caring.

The primary mission of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Department of Pharmacy is to provide comprehensive health care to its community of patients in association with other health care providers. Our mission will be achieved through the ongoing development of an environment which will:

  • Provide pharmaceutical care focused on achieving optimal patient outcomes
  • Provide pharmaceutical services which meet or exceed accepted standards directed towards the treatment and prevention of disease and promoting the efficacious, safe and cost-effective use of pharmacologic agents and other therapeutic interventions
  • Support and enhance the functions and goals of other health care providers

The Department of Pharmacy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital provides service to patients and health care providers at the seven main hospital centers. In addition, contracted services are provided to NYP Network Hospitals, Rockefeller University and Gracie Square Hospital. Twenty-four hour services are provided in both a centralized and decentralized manner, with satellite pharmacies being strategically located near critical care areas and within the operating rooms.

Department of Pharmacy - Key Statistics in 2013

  • More than 20 million doses dispensed
  • More than 2.9 million IV admixtures prepared
  • Pharmaceutical Budget exceeded $166 million

Scope of Service

The Department of Pharmacy continually embraces visionary thinking, thoughtful management and new technology to maintain its distinction as a leader in operational and clinical excellence.

Our policies, guidelines, programs and services ensure that patients receive appropriate pharmaceutical care as measured against accepted standards. The quality, effectiveness, and appropriateness of the services are monitored and reviewed by departmental committees and the Formulary and Therapeutics Committee.

Overall, there are approximately 450 staff members including well over 200 pharmacists. Clinical and specialty services are provided in various arenas including, but not limited to, drug information, general medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and several specialty areas (e.g. medicine, cardiothoracic, burn, general surgery, neurosurgery, pediatrics, neonatology), infectious diseases, solid organ transplant, nutrition, oncology, psychiatry, and investigational drug services. The Department of Pharmacy is supported by state of the art automated systems including automated dispensing cabinets, an automated physician order entry system and medical record, and on-line drug information resources.

In addition to general pharmacy (PGY-1) and specialty (PGY-2) residency programs, the department is an accredited provider of ACPE programs, facilitating continuing education and ongoing professional development. The Department of Pharmacy is also affiliated with two leading schools of pharmacy in the New York City area.

In addition to drug management and distribution, including preparation of IV admixtures, preparation of special pediatric dosages, and operating an Investigational Drug Pharmacy, our pharmacists are actively involved in the evaluation of clinical protocols and therapeutic management. Individuals from the Department of Pharmacy are involved in numerous research activities and publish articles and present posters and abstracts at professional meetings.

Training and Educational Programs

The Department of Pharmacy has also established training and education programs to foster the professional development of staff and students.

Residency Training Program

The Department offers ASHP accredited general practice residency (PGY-1) and specialty practice residency (PGY-2) programs. These competitive programs enable the residents to put knowledge into practice, while learning from leading pharmacy and medical thought leaders in the country.

External University Affiliations

We offer comprehensive training programs for pharmacy students seeking to gain experience in a large academic medical center. The Department of Pharmacy is currently affiliated with St. John’s University and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP).

Continuing Education

The Department of Pharmacy is a provider of Pharmacy-based American Council of Pharmaceutical Education programs. In 2013, the department provided 27 ACPE accredited continuing education programs and issued 887 statements of credit. In addition, members of the Department provided numerous external educational programs on a national, state and local level.

Other Educational Activities

Members of the Department are also involved in the education of medical and nursing students from both Columbia and Cornell Universities as well as house staff, fellows, attending physicians and other health-care professionals within the hospital.

Strategic Initiatives and Major Goals

The Department is dedicated to maintaining excellence in clinical and operational services including quality and safety, people development, advancing care and maintaining financial and operational growth.

Quality and Safety

As part of our Quality and Safety initiative, the Pharmacists at the Point-of-Care program has successfully enabled greater clinical involvement at the bedside by our staff pharmacists, resulting in improved patient outcomes and heightened personal and professional satisfaction.

Medication Safety

Enhance use of Medication Error Reporting System (MERS) data to target opportunities for improvement; enhance strategies related to high risk and look-alike sound-alike medications; continue process to plan and prepare for Bedside Bar-coding Implementation and Smart Pump Implementation; develop strategies to facilitate medication reconciliation; implement Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidelines.

Organizational Readiness

Maintain programs for disaster preparedness; 24/7 service availability.

Professional Development

Involvement in research activities; attendance at ASHP Mid-Year Clinic Meeting, Eastern Residents/Preceptors Conference, and annual scientific conferences in specialties.

Recruitment and Retention

Develop programs to foster personal and professional fulfillment of staff; expand residency program; collaborate with schools of pharmacy across the country.

Advancing Care

Pharmacist at the point-of-care; clinical research.

Advancement of Technology

Implementation of carousel technology; evaluate software for investigational drugs; implement bedside bar-coding at the point-of-care; implement ECLIPSYS order entry programs for chemo, PCA, epidurals, and Parental Nutrition (PN).

Operational Improvement

Ensure compliance with USP 797 regulations; expand satellites and scope of services.

Life in New York City

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is located in New York City, one of the world's foremost capitals of science, culture, arts, and business. With different activities available everyday of the week, there are attractions for individuals with varying interests. See a Broadway show, visit museums, go to cultural festivals and enjoy food and music as rich and diverse as the people. Employees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital enjoy discounts on various services such as car rentals, cell phone service, and restaurants, among many others.