Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a nationally accredited,
355-bed hospital in Somerville, New Jersey, providing comprehensive emergency,
medical/surgical and rehabilitative services. The hospital is nationally
recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence and has received
an “A” safety rating from the Leapfrog Group. The Steeplechase
Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has
been honored with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the
Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital
is also distinguished for its Joint Surgery Institute, receiving the Joint
Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip
replacement surgery, and is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the
Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
In addition, it has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of
Approval for its acute myocardial infarction program.
The Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical services 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. There are approximately 34 FTEs including managers,
pharmacists, residents, technicians and support staff. All pharmacy technicians
are certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and
assist pharmacists in filling orders, medication delivery, and sterile
and non-sterile product compounding. Clinical services are provided in
various areas such as; internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine,
geriatrics, infectious diseases, oncology.
Medication is dispensed via a point of care decentralized distribution
model supported by automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) on patient care
units which provide nurses ready access to medications. A complete IV
admixture service compliant to United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 797 regulations
is also provided.
With a dedicated staff of employees, modern facilities, state-of-the-art
technology, a strong commitment to medication safety and performance improvement,
a focus on customer service, and a role in educating future health-care
professionals, the Department of Pharmacy at RWJ University Hospital-Somerset
is devoted to delivering operational and clinical excellence, while advancing
care and maintaining financial and operational growth.
The staff is supported by hospital and pharmacy department information
systems that provide up-to-date patient information and on-line drug information
resources. Pharmacists continually contribute to the enhancement of the
electronic medical record enabling the technology to provide optimal decision
support. The majority of medication orders are received via Computer Provider
Order Entry (CPOE), entered by Pharmacy onto an Electronic Medication
Record e-MAR and subsequently administered utilizing bedside bar-coding
at the point-of-care. The use of this state-of-the-art technology enhances
Clinical programs that have been developed by the Department of Pharmacy
include; drug dosing and desensitization protocols, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Program, vancomycin pharmacokinetic service and an anticoagulation monitoring
program). The clinical pharmacy program is supported by three Rutgers
Faculty in the areas of family medicine, critical care, and the emergency
department. Each of the faculty are residency trained and dual board certified.
The Department is also involved in numerous research activities, frequently
publish and present scholarly work, and provide external educational programs
on a national, state and local level. RWJ Somerset is one of two New Jersey
hospitals selected to participate in the Marquis 2 research study, a national
multi-center medication reconciliation quality improvement study whose
goal is to implement medication reconciliation interventions that improve
patient safety during care transitions.
Pharmacists provide drug information and education to medical and nursing
staff as well as patients, caregivers, and other members of the health
care team to promote the safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered
use of medication therapy. Pharmacy based individual patient counseling
focusing on anticoagulant medications, congestive heart failure medications,
and geriatric discharge medications is provided to inpatients.
RWJ University Hospital-Somerset Department of Pharmacy is currently affiliated
with Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University, precepting
more than 50 students per year and serving as a Knight Scholar site. The
Department has established training and continuing education programs
to foster the professional development of staff and students, and has
had a PGY-1 residency program since 2015 with two PGY-1 resident positions.
RWJ University Hospital at Somerset Pharmacy Leadership
Stuart Vigdor, RPh Director of Pharmacy Service
Nancy Doherty, MS, RPh Clinical Coordinator, Medication Safety Officer & PGY1 Residency Program Director
Fatema Dhanaliwala, RPh Pharmacy Operations Supervisor & Clean Room Supervisor
Pallavi Nagarkar, RPh Pharmacy System Administrator