Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) is a sole community hospital. Our department encompasses over 60 employees to serve our population’s health. These are exciting, busy times in our Pharmacy as we strive to provide a full suite of pharmacy care services from acute care and transitions into ambulatory, home and telehealth care areas. A solid infrastructure to support our pharmacy services is in place, with our current focus to optimize and integrate our services. These service focus areas include: Inpatient, Emergency Department pharmacist direct patient care, Care Transitions – medication reconciliation/meds to beds prior to hospital discharge, outpatient and specialty pharmacy drug distribution, 340B Program and financial integrity expansion, oncology clinical model expansion including oral chemotherapy and pharmacogenomics, PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program, Stewardship-Antimicrobial and Opioid, and expansion of our pharmacist collaborative practice model Disease Management Clinic. All our endeavors strive to provide the best possible pharmaceutical care to meet the needs of our community and organization.
Pharmacy Oncology Clinical Specialist will be integral in providing services to the:
KRMC WL Nugent Cancer Center – This is the largest cancer treatment provider in northwest Arizona, offering skilled expertise combined with some of modern medicine’s most advanced technologies in treating cancer. These capabilities enable us to provide highly effective treatment such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy. Close collaboration with the Cancer Center medical staff is expected during patient visits, distribution activities, and investigational drug studies. The partnership with the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) brings clinical trials to our own community to expand access to cancer management, prevention, screening, and cancer care delivery.
KRMC Outpatient Infusion Center – This vital service provides a safe and comfortable setting for infusion therapy through a partnership with Amerita Specialty Infusion Services. Patients have access to antibiotic therapy, biologicals, blood product administration (IVIG), blood transfusions, hydration, iron replacement, and pain management.
Some responsibilities of the Pharmacy Oncology Clinical Specialist are as follows:
Performs pharmacotherapeutic monitoring and provision of pharmaceutical care for Oncology patients from initial education through the entire pharmaceutical care of the patient.
Supervises and provides oncology pharmacy clinical activities, including but not limited to antineoplastic, cancer pain, and general oncology pharmaceutical care for patients in our Cancer Center and KRMC Inpatient care areas.
Supervises and provides activities within the medication preparation, dispensing and administration processes for Cancer Center, Outpatient Infusion Clinic or other KHRMC patients.
Assists in the preparation and maintenance of patient care plans and automated clinical care systems.
Provides general and patient specific drug information to patients, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.
Interacts routinely and works collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to patients.
Identifies, resolves, and prevents potential and actual medication-related problems including untreated indications, improper drug selection, sub-therapeutic dosage, overdose, failure to receive medication, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and medication without indication.
Initiate, adjust, monitor, and recommend changes in drug therapy based on information obtained through collaborative practice, patient interviews, objective monitoring parameters, review of drug profiles and the patient medical record.
Coordinate and interpret laboratory monitoring of drug therapy, including drug dosing to established protocols and best practice, serum drug levels, electrolytes, hematology, metabolic parameters, and genetic biomarkers along with other drug therapy-related laboratory testing.
Provide patient monitoring for the purpose of evaluating and optimizing patient outcomes, drug utilization and patient compliance, detecting and/or minimizing adverse drug reactions, eliminating unnecessary drug use and duplication.
Supports clinical pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical care to patients by direct interaction, and formal educational programs.
Educates pharmacists, technicians, pharmacy students, post graduate residents, allied health professionals, nurses and physicians in pharmacotherapy within specialty area knowledge and skills.
Focus pharmacy clinical activities to decrease overall patient healthcare costs by effective pharmacotherapy, which results in better patient outcomes and efficient use of Cancer Center and KRMC resources.
Provides input and drug information to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee to support efficacious and cost-effective oncology drug therapy.
Maintain interface with medical staff to provide information pertaining to new pharmaceuticals and therapies, formulary activities, drug usage, and new protocols, best practice regarding clinical drug use.
Supports and participates in research study and investigational drug activities in specialty areas of knowledge and expertise.
Assists in supervision of the preparation, labeling and dispensing of drugs and other pharmaceutical supplies; ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the dispensing of drugs and narcotics and maintenance of all required records.
Supervises and participates in data gathering/reporting/analysis and quality improvement activities to support Pharmacy oncology and infusion services.
Participates in activities to expand pharmacy oncology and infusion services.
The pharmacist will also be provided with opportunities that include:
serving as a preceptor for IPPE/APPE students and PGY1 residents
completing a teaching certificate or other identified learning opportunities
actively participating in community outreach at KRMC annual health fairs and event
Educating the community through KRMC’s multiple platforms (e.g. radio program, local newspaper articles, and medclip videos)
Kingman Regional Medical Center is the largest healthcare provider and the only remaining not-for-profit hospital in Mohave County, Arizona. As a 235-bed multi-campus healthcare system, our medical center includes more than 1,800 employees, 280 physicians/allied health professionals, and 250 volunteers. Kingman Regional Medical Center is recognized as an innovator in rural healthcare. We provide a full-continuum of highly-technical and specialized medical services to meet the healthcare needs of our community.