Monmouth Medical Center

The Department of Pharmacy takes care of inpatients and outpatients in a decentralized practice model. Monmouth Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is committed to ensure patient satisfaction and continuity of care.

The outpatients cared for by the pharmacy are registered to radiology, laboratory, surgery, psychiatry, cardiology, outpatient infusion centers or the emergency department. The hospital pharmacy takes care of a very large outpatient oncology/hematology population, servicing the Valerie Fund pediatric infusion center, the BBR4 outpatient adult infusion center, and the Vantage Point adult infusion center. The Vantage Point infusion center is offsite, but part of the hospital, and has two dedicated pharmacists, a technician, and a dedicated chemotherapy clean room and ante-room. The hospital pharmacy also works closely with the retail pharmacy, located in the lobby, to ensure continuity of care for patients transitioning out from the facility. The hospital participates in the 340B drug pricing program, the benefits of which apply to our outpatients treated by the hospital pharmacy and contracted retail pharmacies.

The inpatient pharmacy is decentralized in the surgical wing and medical-surgery wing of the hospital, with pharmacists operating to verify orders on the units, and attending rounds and counseling patients. The decentralized model is supported by computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE), automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) on the units, and bed-side barcode medication administration. Technicians support the decentralized pharmacists by restocking the ADCs and delivering non-stocked medications to the units from the central pharmacy. In the central pharmacy, the technicians assist pharmacists by answering phones, filling labels, compounding and picking medications, and performing deliveries. Centralized clinical pharmacists answer phones, verify orders, and oversee technician activities and IV room compounding.

The pharmacy has 6 clinical specialists who provide additional support and serve as resources to the pharmacy, nurses, physicians and patients. There are two in-house clinical specialists, emergency department, focusing on geriatric patients, and antimicrobial stewardship. The pharmacy also has 3 inpatient Rutgers Faculty, including internal medicine, critical care, and psychiatry. The hospital has also recently added a Rutgers Faculty dedicated to outpatient psychiatry. Another novel practice at MMC is the recent addition of a technician in the emergency department dedicated to collecting accurate medication histories for the physicians to reconcile. All staff are expected to promote the care values of the pharmacy and document their value and contribution.

The hospital services supported by the pharmacy department include pediatrics, neonatal, gynecology/maternity, critical care, psychiatry, general medicine, emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, robotic surgery, geriatrics, and oncology. The pharmacy department, in addition to precepting over 40 pharmacy students per year, also maintains a pharmacy residency program, which was recently increased to two residency slots.

Monmouth Medical Center Pharmacy Leadership

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Scott Mathis, PharmD

Regional Pharmacy Director
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Hoytin Lee Ghin, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Director & PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

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Anisha Abraham, PharmD

Operations Manager & Supervisor

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Frank Lambrinos, RPh, MBA

Senior Systems Pharmacist

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Kathleen Schmerler, RPh

IV Room Supervisor