Department of pharmacy
As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The enterprise pharmacy department is working to make sure that those residents receive the best possible pharmaceutical treatment and outcomes. Our pharmacists don’t just dispense medication – they play an integral role in the pharmaceutical management of patients every day.
Enterprise pharmacy is made up of eight hospital pharmacies located at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hosptial, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Geisinger Community Medical Center, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, Geisinger Holy Spirit, and AtlantiCare. It also includes three standalone oncology pharmacies located in State College, Pottsville and Lewisburg; 15 CareSite retail pharmacies; a CareSite specialty pharmacy; two retail pharmacies on the GMC campus; the Geisinger Health Plan pharmacy team; VITALine Pharmacy; Geisinger’s home infusion pharmacy and the medication therapy disease management (MTDM) team, located in more than 50 Geisinger clinics. We employ more than 545 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, clerical and administrative staff.
In the acute care setting, enterprise pharmacy operates a decentralized clinical model in which clinical pharmacists provide patient care on the patient units at most of its hospitals, while the medication distribution model varies based on the hospital. The MTDM pharmacist assist with the treatment of patient with diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart failure, pain management, anticoagulation management and oral chemotherapy management.
The enterprise pharmacy is also contributing to national program development in areas such as pain medication management and a medication disposal program.
Pharmacy students from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Wilkes University, Temple University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh rotate through our hospital and clinics as part of their core hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy and ambulatory care rotations.