The DH post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program prepares its graduates for clinical patient care positions in a hospital or ambulatory care setting. Residents completing this program will have developed the necessary skills, including leadership, problem solving, and clinical judgment, to be competent clinical pharmacists. The residency program promotes the development of clinical, analytical, organizational, and leadership skills necessary to provide pharmaceutical care. The ASHP Residency Program Design and Conduct (RPDC) is used to aid in optimal resident learning.
Acute Care learning takes place primarily at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Services provided include emergency medicine, critical care, cardiology, progressive care, surgery, medical, oncology, obstetrics, and neonatal care.
The Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This care includes all hospital patient care areas, including the emergency department. Patient-focused pharmaceutical care includes prescribing/ordering, preparing, dispensing, administration and monitoring the effects of medications on patients.
Clinical services are supported by decentralized pharmacists assigned to major service areas including medical/surgical, critical care/PCU, cardiac, respiratory, and oncology, during day shift at Deaconess. Additionally, decentralized pharmacists staff the emergency department during the day and evening, 7 days a week. On evening and night shift, pharmacists are centralized to the main pharmacy except for the emergency department pharmacist. Clinical services include drug therapy management (including anticoagulation, vancomycin, aminoglycosides, TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), renal adjustment, and IV to PO conversion), medication order verification of CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry), drug information and clinical consults. In addition, medication histories are taken by trained medication reconciliation technicians and verified by pharmacists.
Distributive services are centralized and include IV admixture service and unit dose system. Distributive services are supported using Pyxis automated dispensing cabinets that are deployed in the patient care areas.
Ambulatory care learning may occur on the Deaconess campus, our associated, Rockwood Clinics or outside of our health system. Ambulatory services provided include adult ambulatory oncology clinics and infusion centers, neurology clinic, and cardiology clinic. In addition, MultiCare Health System has an extensive affiliated physician and medical clinic system that is serviced by pharmacy in the Spokane area.
Founded in 1896, MultiCare Deaconess Hospital (DH) has a legacy of providing outstanding care in the Inland Northwest for over 100 years. Our 388-bed facility offers high quality inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic imaging, medical, surgical, and emergency services. As an acute care hospital, we have a Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Chest Pain Center, and a Certified Total Joint Restoration Center, and we are the only hospital in our area to be nationally accredited in bariatric surgery. Deaconess also features a Maternal Fetal Medicine program and Level III Neonatal intensive Care Unit. We offer inpatient oncological services, as well as ambulatory cancer care via our new outpatient hematology/oncology infusion center. Deaconess is in the heart of Spokane, Washington, only a short drive away from the mountains, rivers, and lakes that make the Inland Northwest ideal for year-round outdoor recreation.