Ambulatory Care Division

Purpose Statement

It is the mission of the Ambulatory Care Division to provide integrated health-care services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients and practicing in the context of family and community. This is accomplished through direct patient care, patient advocacy, wellness and health promotion, education and mediation management for ambulatory patients.

Who We Are

The Ambulatory Care Division is led by a team of clinical specialists, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Rutgers University faculty with expertise in assisting in the delivery of primary care, population health management, patient education and patient advocacy.

How we accomplish our mission

  • Placing a priority on direct patient care and meaningful interventions to improve the well-being of the patients
  • Having an established presence within several physician office practices. In this setting, we are available to develop relationships with patients and providers in order to establish successful practice based initiatives.
  • Aiding in medication reconciliation and drug optimization in order to improve patient outcomes and adherence.
  • Utilizing resources such as pharmacy residents and students to foster a learning environment and broaden the reach of the division.
  • Tracking interventions, monitoring progress of patients and initiatives, reporting successes and learning opportunities with other providers to improve the health of the patients we serve.
  • Tailoring pharmacy services to meet value-based payment models.
  • Developing collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) agreements with providers to increase efficiencies of team-based care.
  • Coordinating efforts on community outreach and Global health initiatives, Emergency Management and Disaster Relief efforts.

Duties/responsibilities

The Ambulatory Care Division works closely with healthcare providers, residents, students, and medical staff to:

  • Create Centers of Excellence for ambulatory pharmacy training
  • Perform comprehensive medication reviews to assess the appropriateness of medications, check for drug-drug interactions, and identify and resolve any adverse drug reactions
  • Formulate patient specific medication related treatment and monitoring plans
  • Evaluate and titrate patients’ medications after close monitoring of patients’ response to therapy pertaining to safety and efficacy
  • Assist in the medication acquisition process, helping patients obtain needed medications at an affordable cost
  • Deliver accurate, comprehensive, disease specific and/or patient specific drug information to patients, caregivers, and health care providers involved in the care of the patient
  • Perform research and utilize findings to optimize patient are and outcomes
  • Provide an environment to train future ambulatory care providers
  • Connect with the larger community by participating in wellness activities across the region

Ambulatory Care Division Leadership

Jessica Bente, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Clinical Specialist, Transitions of Care, Geriatrics Program Director, PGY2 Residency Program Director, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Christine Dimaculangan, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University

Alyssa Gallipani
Alyssa Gallipani, PharmD, BCACP

Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialist, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, FDU

Rahul Jacob, PharmD
Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialist, RWJBarnabas-Rutgers Medical Group

Lalitha Sukumar, PharmD
PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident

Ammie Patel
Ammie Patel, PharmD

Ambulatory Care Specialist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ernest Mario School of
Pharmacy

Samuel Reveron
Samuel Reveron, PharmD, BCPS

Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialist
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Atkins-Kent

Lucio Volino, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist Retail Network and Clinical Associate Professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University