The American Hospital Association designates October as Pharmacists Month. It provides a special opportunity to recognize the important role the hospital pharmacy plays in the care of children at our Shriners Hospital.
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is knowing that we provide high-quality and optimal care for the patient,” says hospital pharmacist Jenny Wong, Pharm.D, who manages a team of 11 pharmacists and technicians at the Northern California Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. Wong and her team work collaboratively with doctors and the entire patient care team. “We see them on rounds and in patient care areas,” Wong says.
The hospital pharmacy serves the surgery department, intensive care unit, in-patient care units and the out-patient clinics. Because they are integrated into the clinical setting, hospital pharmacists are able to review all medications a patient is receiving at a moments glance, which enhances the ability to provide exceptional patient care. The unique needs of children are always the primary consideration in determining the dosage of medications and how it is given to the patient. “I feel fortunate to be part of such a devoted team that cares deeply about Shriners Hospital and its mission,” says Wong.