DCH Health System

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Medication Safety & Quality Coordinator

at DCH Health System

Posted: 8/17/2018
Job Reference #: 11957
Keywords: office

Job Description



Working Hours:
Full-time Hours (72 - 80 hrs bi-weekly) ~ Benefited

On Call Coverage:

Other Schedule Comments:

Full Time Equivalent:
1.0 (est. 80 hours bi-weekly)

Posting End Date:

Posting End Date Details: Posting will be removed from website at 12:01 AM on the date listed above.  All applications must be received before the date listed above.  If no Posting End Date is listed, then the posting will be removed when we receive a predetermined number of qualified applicants. 

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The Medication Safety and Quality Pharmacy Coordinator will develop and management of the hospitals quality improvement programs, regulatory compliance and staff development. They are responsible for the planning and coordination of adverse drug event reporting, leadership role in reduction of medication error risks and error reporting. The position will assess and coordinate all regulatory readiness with the pharmacy managers.  The position collaborates with other health care providers with medication related responsiblies to measure and improve the safety of the organizations medication system. The person plays a role in educating staff, students and residents on medication safety.


  1. Maintains and coordinates an active and progressive quality improvement program consistent with the goals of the department and health system including development and assessment of the pharmacy quality program. Assesses departmental compliance with quality indicators through reports and audits of processes based on these indicators.  Alerts pharmacy leadership to significant problems identified during audits. Provides action plans for improvement strategies.
  2. Coordinates medication system monitoring program for all steps in the medication process including auditing, evaluation and feedback; process improvement recommendations and staff education initiatives.
  3. Reviews medication error/adverse event data, literature and the Institute of Safe Medication Practices to proactively address potential issues in the medical center.
  4. Reviews and reports medication occurrence reports and adverse drug reactions reports for trends and reporting to the medication safety committee.
  5. Chairs the medication safety committee and teams as needed
  6. Performs FMEA’s or RCA’s in coordination with risk management or medical staff office to improve medication processes.
  7. Provides medication safety information and staff education and provide inservices as needed.
  8. Develops a structured approach to teaching pharmacy staff, students and residents as related to medication safety incorporating the goals and objectives of the department. This will include developing and participating a pharmacy residency rotation
  9. Participates in call in the rotation with other pharmacy managers and supervisors.
  10. Interviews, selects, hires, and retains employees
  11. Ensures orientation and training for employees
  12. Manages performance
  13. Executes progressive discipline up to and including termination
  14. Performs compliance requirements as outlined in the Employee Handbook
  15. Manages front line operations of area of accountability related to meeting/exceeding departmental goals, 5 keys of excellence, DCH Mission and Vision.

DCH Standards:

  • Maintains performance, patient and employee satisfaction and financial standards as outlined in the performance evaluation.
  • Performs compliance requirements as outlined in the Employee Handbook
  • Must adhere to the DCH Behavioral Standards including creating positive relationships with patients/families, coworkers, colleagues and with self.
  • Requires use of electronic mail, time and attendance software, learning management software and intranet.
  • Must adhere to all DCH Health System policies and procedures.
  • All other duties as assigned.


Pharm.D. or B.S. Degree in Pharmacy.  Residency required. Pharmacy Board Certification or experience in medication safety preferred..  Must be currently licensed or license eligible to practice pharmacy in the State of Alabama.  Requires history of, and demonstration of, effective verbal and written communication skills.  Requires good organizational and time management skills.  Participation in professional organizations is strongly encouraged. Must be able to operate computer, calculator, telephone, and other related pharmaceutical equipment.  Must be able to read, write legibly, speak, and comprehend English.




  • Exposure to contaminants
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions
  • Close physical proximity
  • Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment


  • Contact with others
  • Occasionally deal with unpleasant or angry people
  • Daily use of electronic mail
  • Engage in face to face discussions
  • Frequent use telephone
  • Work with group or team


  • Physical activities include: Talking, hearing, bending, twisting, walking, kneeling, crouching, stooping, climbing, balancing, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, repetitive motion, standing, and/or using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls).
  • Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.
  • Must be able to perform the duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing
  • Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected to within normal range.
  • Possible exposure to disease, infection and hazardous materials.
  • Physical presence onsite is essential. 


  • Must be pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Must be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfill obligations.
  • Must be able to file and maintain records.
  • Must be careful about detail and be thorough in completing work tasks
  • Must be willing to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Must be honest and ethical.
  • Must be able to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.


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