The Department of Pharmacy Services is committed to delivering high quality pharmaceutical care by providing a broad scope of services which are sensitive to the needs of the patient, the St. Vincent’s medical community and the institution.
It is our belief that the establishment of patient-oriented pharmacy services provided by skilled pharmacy practitioners must be an integral part of the medical care rendered at St. Vincent’s. The department assumes its inherent responsibility for establishing and maintaining comprehensive, accurate and efficient drug distribution services. Pharmacy seeks to ensure the rational, safe and judicious use of medications through professional vigilance, an active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the provision of drug information and educational services to the professional staffs of St. Vincent’s.
The department is staffed with approximately 70 employees including pharmacists, technicians, residents, interns and clerical support. The department utilizes automation technology and profile dispensing machines throughout the hospital.
Comprehensive pharmaceutical services include:
• Unit dose distribution
• Sterile and non-sterile compounding
• Total parenteral nutrition
• Advanced technology support
• Drug order review
• Drug information
• Drug interaction monitoring
• Pharmacokinetic monitoring
• Renal dosing
• IV to PO conversion
• Therapeutic interchanges
• Antibiotic stewardship
• Patient counseling
St. Vincent's is a favorite teaching facility for pharmacy students from University of Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University, LECOM School of Pharmacy, Florida A&M University, NOVA Southeastern University and University of South Florida. In total, approximately 100 student rotations are offered per year. The full-time staff offers 20-plus years of preceptor experience and clinical training.