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Clara Maass Medical Center

Clara Maass Medical Center is a 472-bed community medical center located in Belleville, NJ. The mission of Clara Maass is to provide exceptional services and quality to its community, through its passion for excellence and perfection. Clara Maass Centers and Services include: the Women’s Health Center, Nuclear Medicine, the Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Diagnostic Cardiac Services including Cardiac Catheterization, Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, the Pain Management Center, the Joint and Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, the Wound Care Center at Clara Maass, the Center for Sleep Disorders, the Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, Comprehensive Ophthalmology Services, Maternity Services and Parent Education, Radiology Services, Pediatrics, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department and Intensive Care unit, and community outreach programs. The CMMC Department of Pharmacy continues to support the mission of Clara Maass Medical Center and the community it serves.

The pharmacy department employs more than 60 pharmacists and technicians who provide care in the inpatient and outpatient settings by utilizing a decentralized pharmacy model. The centralized pharmacists serve as a resource to our medical and nursing staff, verify medication orders and products dispensed, oversee technician activities, and compound parenteral admixtures. Decentralized pharmacists are stationed in the medical intensive care unit, emergency department, and telemetry units. They participate in daily rounds, provide medication education, perform patient counseling, and participate in medical emergencies. Pharmacy technicians work alongside pharmacists to ensure safe preparation and delivery of sterile and non-sterile products. The department performs a variety of clinical services, including anticoagulation management, pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic monitoring, and antimicrobial stewardship. The pharmacy department employs clinical specialists who provide services in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, and Behavioral Health. All pharmacy clinical specialists hold board certifications in their respective practice areas.

The pharmacy department supports hospital services in the areas of pediatrics, critical care, adult medicine, emergency medicine, infectious disease, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, hospice, telemetry, and oncology. The department is involved in several interdisciplinary committees including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Quality and Safety Council, Performance Improvement Council, Falls Committee, Pain Committee, and many others. Pharmacy works collaboratively with the transitions of care teams to better serve those with congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

CMMC Pharmacy places high emphasis on education and research. The department has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, and research has been presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Members of the pharmacy team hold educational sessions for nursing and medical staff. Clinical specialists continue to serve as preceptors for pharmacy students from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. The pharmacy department has maintained an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency program since 2007, which has expanded to two PGY1 resident positions.

CMMC Pharmacy department will continue to provide safe, high quality care, in an atmosphere of professionalism and respect, for the betterment of our patients and community.

Clara Maass Medical Center Pharmacy Leadership