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 mission at 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 24 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. In 2021, the department actively intervened on medications to prevent over 4,000 adverse events and adverse reaction from reaching our patients and provided direct patient contact to approximately 2,000 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. 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 critical care/infectious diseases area and one clinical manager who are an integral part of the various committees and actively precept students. They help to drive the institution’s efforts to meet Joint Commission/Leapfrog and CDC requirements while ensuring optimal care for patients.

RWJ University Hospital at Rahway Pharmacy Leadership