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Pharmacy Manager-Valley West, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
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Full time
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Northwestern Medicine
Manager, Pharmacy - Kishwaukee Hospital & Valley West Hospital
**This position will be shared between Valley West hospital in Sandwich, IL and Kishwaukee hospital in DeKalb, IL**


Supports and empowers staff in piloting new ideas and solutions. Set clear expectations for continuous quality and service improvement. Uses internal and external benchmark data and best practices to establish specific targets, timelines and metrics for improvement projects. Encourages those who identify problems, potential solutions and opportunities for improvement. Creates an environment of partnership, collaboration, seamless quality and service enhancement across teams, departments and divisions of the organization. Stays informed of current and emerging issues and trends for areas of accountability, Northwestern Medicine organization and healthcare industry. Communicates and educates staff on requirements, changes, advances, opportunities, directions and projections for the future. Thinks and acts in ways that support Northwestern Medicine strategy, vision and plans. Identifies opportunities for new business growth and development, expansion of current services, etc. Practices fiscal accountability. Encourages staff and team accountability by involving them in budge preparation, identifying ideas for increasing efficiency, cost savings, developing and growing the business and existing services. Measures and monitors budget and business development plans; provides ongoing updates to staff. Achieves or exceeds budget and business growth and profitability targets.

Makes effective hiring decisions; completes the 90-day In Sync orientation process for new employees. Identifies staff's individual skills and interests; provides timely, positive, constructive feedback; addresses performance gaps as they occur with clear action plans and timelines for improvement. Supports ongoing learning and skill development for self and staff; provides coaching and mentoring; assigns stretch goals, cross-training and other opportunities for career development within Northwestern Medicine. Involves staff in planning and decision-making as appropriate. Holds staff accountable for follow-through and results. Facilitates change readiness and agility among staff and teams. Uses timely, effective communication methods to update staff on departmental and organizational priorities and progress.

Creates a culture of respectful communication by listening, demonstrating approachability, practicing meeting, voicemail and e-mail courtesy. Asks for staff input; encourages diverse perspectives and solutions, drawing from staff, peers, physicians, patients and other stakeholders. Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively across departments and sectors of organization; within all levels of management; with patients, visitors, other customers, etc. Acknowledges and celebrates individual and team contributions. Ensures that Pharmacy staff is professional when interacting with Nursing and Physicians. Continually explores innovative methods of increasing the Pharmacy's value to the hospital. Co-chairs the Pharmacy/Nursing committee. Ensures that the Pharmacy is properly staffed and all phone calls are answered promptly and courteously. Participates in quality improvement activities and educates staff about same.

Has good knowledge of various technology in the department in order to train and oversee the proper use. Keeps abreast of advancements and enhancements for current and future technology systems. Proactively identifies workflow opportunities with technological solutions. Serves as a knowledgeable drug information resource for various patient age groups. Ensures the emergency drugs as approved by the medical staff are in adequate proper supply within the Pharmacy and in the designated hospital areas. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety. Systematically identifies and mitigates patient safety risks and hazards with an integrated approach to driving down and decreasing incidences of preventable patient harm. AA/EOE.



  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from accredited College of Pharmacy.
  • 5 years hospital experience.
  • Licensed PHARMD.
  • 3 years as Supervisor
  • PharmD

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