The Department of Pharmaceutical Services organizational structure serves as a visual representation of managers' span of control, responsibilities and line of authority. The organizational structure enhances communication, teamwork and decision-making within the Department. It also outlines the formal authority and communication network within the Department. Each employee is encouraged to use this organizational structure to verify that communications, suggestions and/or problems are directed to the individual directly responsible for that area. Employees are encouraged to contact and/or communicate with the person to whom they are directly responsible to address issues or concerns. Any issues that cannot be resolved by an employee's direct supervisor are directed to the next highest level of the organizational structure.
The VUH Department of Pharmaceutical Services is comprised of four (4) service/practice areas, each of which is managed by an individual at the Director level. The Directors report to the Administrator - Pharmaceutical Services, who in turn, reports to the Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services as part of the larger Medical Center.
The four (4) Pharmacy service/practice areas are:
Clinical/Education & Research Services
The Children’s Hospital Department of Pharmaceutical Services is managed by the Director of Pharmacy who reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Children’s Hospital. The COO reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Oversight for the four main service areas in Children’s Pharmacy is provided by Pharmacy Managers in the following areas: Inpatient Pharmacy Services, Sterile Products/Clinic Services, Clinical Services, and Retail Services. In addition, direction for Quality, Safety, and Education is provided by a Pharmacy Program Director.
Some pharmacy services are more effectively provided via a corporate services delivery model from a centralized location to more than one facility in the VUMC organization. These services are managed jointly by VUH and MCJCHV. The following are examples of pharmacy corporate services:
Policy and Compliance
Total Parenteral Nutrition