The mission of the Department of Pharmacy at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is to provide and advance patient care through collaboration, continual optimization of pharmacy services, research and education. Our 2015 vision is to be a recognized leader in the advancement of pharmacy best practice with a world-class customer service team.
In 2010, the Department of Pharmacy in collaboration with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy began to realize our vision by receiving the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy for our Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Epidemiology (CASE). The CASE program was recognized for improving patient care through clinical service, teaching and research.
The evolving pharmacy practice model at St. Luke’s leverages industry leading technology to optimize safety and efficiency in the medication use process. Our expert staff of pharmacists and technicians partner with physicians and nurses to provide optimal care to our patients. The Clinical Coordinator Pharmacists bring specialized expertise to various service lines in the hospital, support the on-going education and development of the pharmacy staff, precept pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. The Clinical Pharmacist staff oversees and advises the clinical care teams on all steps of the medication use process and provides direct patient care throughout the hospital. The Certified Pharmacy Technicians prepare sterile products, manage first doses and unit-based cabinet refills from the Medcarousel, barcode and package unit dose medications, enter medication orders into the pharmacy information system, check other technicians work and provide support throughout the department.
St. Luke’s is a leader in technology adoption to advance patient safety, including barcode medication administration, computerized physician order entry and an integrated electronic health record. The pharmacists have easy access to patient information and utilize trigger reports to target high risk therapeutic situations. Medication distribution is provided from an automated central pharmacy, unit-based dispensing cabinets, centralized USP 797 compliant cleanroom, and satellite pharmacies in the peri-operative and emergency department locations.
Pharmacy residencies and fellowships at St. Luke’s include a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice residency, PGY-2 Residencies specializing in Critical Care, Cardiology, a two year Infectious Diseases Fellowship, and a two year Pharmacy Administration Residency in conjunction with a University of Houston Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration Program.