ADVANCE infectious diseases pharmacy through collaboration, research and education and LEAD antimicrobial stewardship to OPTIMIZE the care of patients with infections in every practice setting

Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Infectious Diseases (OPAT)

16 Dec 2022 12:07 PM | Shelley Warnock (Administrator)

Company Name:  Legacy Health

Position Title:  Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Infectious Diseases (OPAT)

Location:  Portland, Oregon, 97209 United States

Salary: $63.61 - $94.78 / Year

Contact Name: Heather Cooper

Overview 

With your expert knowledge of clinical pharmacy, healthcare standards of practice and desire to implement engaging professional development materials, you will help us to create the safest and most welcoming environment for those we treat. Together, we will follow the Legacy mission of making life better for others.

Responsibilities 

The Legacy Infectious Disease (ID) Clinical Coordinator is responsible for the facilitation of Legacy’s Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program or Antimicrobial Stewardship (ASP) program in partnership with the Antimicrobial Subcommittee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee. This position will work collaboratively with Legacy Infectious Disease physician (pediatric and adult) teams, Microbiology, Infection Control, and Pharmacy Services departments from each Legacy facility. The ID Clinical Coordinator is responsible for ensuring patient-centered, safe, efficacious and cost effective antimicrobial therapy for Legacy patients. 

Expert in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, collaboratively works with ID physician group, ID clinic group, LMG outpatient group, microbiology, infection control, and pharmacy services. Ensures patient-centered, safe, effective, cost-effective antimicrobial therapy for all LH outpatients.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Oversees outpatient antimicrobial prescribing
  • Oversees pharmacotherapy monitoring for patients on COPAT service
  • Coordinates with inpatient ID pharmacists to ensure smooth hand off for transition to outpatient
  • Member of ID clinic team and works closely with RN/CC to ensure appropriate long-term antimicrobials and monitoring 

Clinical:

  • Oversees outpatient antimicrobial prescribing and pharmacotherapy monitoring for patient on complex outpatient antibiotic therapy
  • Collaborative work across the continuum with ID pharmacist, physician, coordinator colleagues to ensure smooth hand off for transition to outpatient.
  • Oversee all formulary reviews as well as drug utilization evaluations for antimicrobials and vaccines
  • Help develop and evaluate clinical protocols, algorithms, and/or pathways and order sets, best practice alerts, and decision support to guide infectious diseases management and antimicrobial prescribing practices
  • Oversee targeted reviews of infectious disease state management
  • Ensure compliance at the system and site level with the Legacy Health antimicrobial formulary
  • Work with Microbiology to assess and select antimicrobial testing panels, review Legacy Health’s antibiogram and develop and implement reports, protocols or tools to support stewardship work
  • Work with Employee Health and pharmacy leadership to determine flu vaccine supply needs on an annual basis
  • Member of ID clinic team and works closely with RN/CC to ensure appropriate long-term antimicrobials and monitoring
  • Partner with ID physician teams and infection control practitioners to identify and help resolve infectious disease related outbreaks/concerns and assist in reviewing healthcare onset C. difficile cases
  • Monitor and facilitate use of advanced microbiology assays including MALDI-TOF and rtPCR to improve clinical outcomes
  • Develop and implement a plan for real time prospective audit with intervention for select patient cohorts

Quality Improvement:

  • Formalize new or improve existing site and system level components necessary for supporting successful stewardship practices, including working with IS to develop and improve needed antimicrobial stewardship reports and data capture and with pharmacy sites to implement and maintain prospective audit and intervention practices
  • Develop and implement standard work around identified opportunities at the site and system level
  • Develop, test and report on quality indicators and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of the Legacy antimicrobial stewardship program
  • Coordinate preparation of reporting required by any state or national programs that monitor antimicrobial stewardship outcomes. Metrics may include antimicrobial total spend, antimicrobial cost per case, antimicrobial days of therapy, and changes in antimicrobial resistance patterns.
  • Serve as an active member of Pharmacy Clinical Group, LH System Infection Control Committee, LH P&T; and co-chair the LH Antimicrobial Subcommittee of P&T 

Professional Development:

  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of pharmacy staff competencies related to antimicrobial stewardship. This may include but is not limited to educational in-services at each medical center’s pharmacy as well as development of online learning modules as needed.
  • Provide education for Legacy providers, nurses, students, infection control practitioners and other health care professionals about infectious diseases related medication management issues and updates.
  • Precept students and pharmacy residents in ID rotations.
  • Contribute to the total body of knowledge in pharmacy practice through publications in professional journals and/or presentations at local or national professional meetings.

Communications:

  • Prepare and disseminate routine ASP newsletter
  • Report where opportunities to improve prescribing and use are found and what success any solutions have on those practices
  • Report status of quality indicators and metrics on a quarterly basis to the Legacy Antimicrobial Subcommittee of P&T and the Legacy Health Infection Control Committee as well as other Legacy committees as requested

Qualifications 

Education:
As required by licensure. Residency training preferred.
PGY1 training and PGY2 specialty training in Infectious Disease are required. 

Experience:

A minimum of two years of experience in hospital practice required (five years preferred). Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions. 

a minimum of one year post-residency clinical experience in the management of an institutional antimicrobial stewardship program is required. Three years of experience is preferred. 

LEGACY’S VALUES IN ACTION:
Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action. 
Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled 

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