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RWJ University Hospital at Rahway

The Department of Pharmacy Services provides pharmaceutical care to the inpatients and outpatients of RWJ University Hospital Rahway (RWJUHR). The goal of RWJUHR is to deliver safe, quality, cost effective healthcare services, providing access and value to the community through a unified effort that meets individual needs with dignity and respect.

Through a staff of 30 highly trained pharmacists and technicians the department provides a hybrid decentralized/ centralized staff model 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Decentralized pharmacists allow the department to have increased direct patient contact time to help achieve hospital goals of improving clinical outcomes and measures along with increasing our patient satisfaction scores. Our department provides optimum pharmaceutical services through collaboration with all members of the healthcare team, patients and their caregivers in a cost-effective, evidenced-based manner with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

The decentralized model is supported by computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE), automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) on the units, and bed-side barcode medication administration. Pharmacist activities are supported by pharmacy technicians, holding additional certifications from institutions such as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The department has one clinical pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases area overseeing our Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and one assistant director of clinical pharmacy, who participates in daily multidisciplinary ICU patient care rounds, in addition to being an integral part of the various committees and actively precepting students.

Our pharmacy team, in collaboration with the rest of the hospital, help drive the institution’s efforts to meet Joint Commission/Leapfrog and CDC requirements while ensuring optimal care for patients. In 2023, RWJUH Rahway received a Leapfrog grade A and NJ DOH Antimicrobial Stewardship Gold Award.

RWJ University Hospital at Rahway Pharmacy Leadership