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 26 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 2020, the department actively intervened on medications orders to prevent 4600 adverse events from reaching our patients, discharge counseled 2000 patients, and provided direct patient contact to over 4,100 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, all holding additional certifications from institutions such as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The department has two clinical pharmacy specialists in critical care/infectious diseases and internal medicine who is an integral part of the various committees. They help to drive the institution’s efforts to meet Joint Commission/Leapfrog and CDC requirements while ensuring optimal care for patients. The department’s quality improvement endeavors were presented at the annual RWJBH Quality Fair in October, of which two were selected to advance in the judgement process.

RWJ University Hospital at Rahway Pharmacy Leadership

Sheetal Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Sheetal Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy Services

Lori Gonzalez, CPhT
Lori Gonzalez, CPhT
Pharmacy Buyer, Technician Supervisor

Steven DePaolo, PharmD
Steven DePaolo, PharmD
Enterprise Clinical Information System Pharmacist

Matthew Young, PharmD, BCPS
Matthew Young, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Manager