Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey's oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital has worked to exceed our community's highest expectation for compassionate, comprehensive health care. Our award winning, institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and over 90,000 adult and pediatric Emergency Department patients each year. Together, the Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services to more than 300,000 outpatients annually.

  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center & Pharmacy Department’s Mission, Vision and Values Statement

    Our mission is to provide compassionate care, healthcare excellence, and superior service to our patients and their families.

    Our vision is to advance the health and quality of life in our community.

    We will demonstrate our values of exceptional communication, outstanding teamwork, professional integrity, and accountability while serving our patients, community, and each other.

The pharmacy department consists of 113 employees providing decentralized pharmacy services, 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. Decentralized clinical-staff pharmacists perform order verification from the floor they are assigned to and also participate in multidisciplinary patient rounds. In the central pharmacy, the technicians assist pharmacists by answering phones, filling labels, compounding and picking medications, and performing deliveries. Centralized clinical-staff pharmacists answer phones, verify orders, and oversee technician activities and IV room compounding.

The pharmacy has eight clinical specialists who provide additional support and serve as resources to pharmacy, nurses, physicians and patients. These clinical specialists practice in Ambulatory Care, Transitions of Care, Emergency Medicine and Renal Transplant, which has two focused specialists. In addition the department has three Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy - Rutgers University Faculty, who specialize in pediatrics, critical care, and cardiology. Including faculty and clinical-staff pharmacists, the department precepts over 60 students per year.

Within the last year, the pharmacy department has also expanded the pharmacy technician role and has two medication reconciliation technicians practicing in emergency department. Lastly, the department has two PGY-1 ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residents which will be expanding to four in 2016.

The hospital services supported by the pharmacy department include pediatrics, neonatal, gynecology/maternity, critical care, burn intensive care and step down, renal transplant, emergency medicine, general medicine, cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, geriatrics, the cyber knife and oncology.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Pharmacy Leadership


Doug DeStefano, PharmD

Director of Pharmacy Services

John M. Hoffman, PharmD, RPh

Assistant Director Pharmacy Operations

Jennifer Costello, PharmD, BCPS, BC–ADM

Assistant Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services & PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director

Susan Davanzo, RPh

Operations Supervisor

Heather DeSanto, PharmD

Sterile Products Supervisor

Kabeer Mago, PharmD

Senior Systems Clinical Pharmacist

Mindy Wilinsky, PharmD

Operations Supervisor