The Department of Pharmacy takes care of inpatients and outpatients in
a decentralized practice model. Monmouth Medical Center Department of
Pharmacy is committed to ensure patient satisfaction and continuity of care.
The outpatients cared for by the pharmacy are registered to radiology,
laboratory, surgery, psychiatry, cardiology, outpatient infusion centers
or the emergency department. The hospital pharmacy takes care of a very
large outpatient oncology/hematology population, servicing the Valerie
Fund pediatric infusion center, the BBR4 outpatient adult infusion center,
and the Vantage Point adult infusion center. The Vantage Point infusion
center is offsite, but part of the hospital, and has two dedicated pharmacists,
a technician, and a dedicated chemotherapy clean room and ante-room. The
hospital pharmacy also works closely with the retail pharmacy, located
in the lobby, to ensure continuity of care for patients transitioning
out from the facility. The hospital participates in the 340B drug pricing
program, the benefits of which apply to our outpatients treated by the
hospital pharmacy and contracted retail pharmacies.
The inpatient pharmacy is decentralized in the surgical wing and medical-surgery
wing of the hospital, 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. In the central pharmacy, the technicians assist pharmacists
by answering phones, filling labels, compounding and picking medications,
and performing deliveries. Centralized clinical pharmacists answer phones,
verify orders, and oversee technician activities and IV room compounding.
The pharmacy has 6 clinical specialists who provide additional support
and serve as resources to the pharmacy, nurses, physicians and patients.
There are two in-house clinical specialists, emergency department, focusing
on geriatric patients, and antimicrobial stewardship. The pharmacy also
has 3 inpatient Rutgers Faculty, including internal medicine, critical
care, and psychiatry. The hospital has also recently added a Rutgers Faculty
dedicated to outpatient psychiatry. Another novel practice at MMC is the
recent addition of a technician in the emergency department dedicated
to collecting accurate medication histories for the physicians to reconcile.
All staff are expected to promote the care values of the pharmacy and
document their value and contribution.
The hospital services supported by the pharmacy department include pediatrics,
neonatal, gynecology/maternity, critical care, psychiatry, general medicine,
emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, general
surgery, robotic surgery, geriatrics, and oncology. The pharmacy department,
in addition to precepting over 40 pharmacy students per year, also maintains
a pharmacy residency program, which was recently increased to two residency slots.
Monmouth Medical Center Pharmacy Leadership
Scott Mathis, PharmD Regional Pharmacy Director
Hoytin Lee Ghin, PharmD, BCPS Assistant Director & PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Anisha Abraham, PharmD Operations Manager & Supervisor
Frank Lambrinos, RPh, MBA Senior Systems Pharmacist
Kathleen Schmerler, RPh IV Room Supervisor