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