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System Vice President of Pharmacy
Leadership | SSM Health System Office - Westview | St. Louis, MO | Req #: 19003779


The Vice President, Pharmacy Services, leads the strategic direction for all SSM Health Pharmacy and medication management services across the continuum of care and system-wide. Medication Management to include all aspects of pharmacy.


Reports to: Chief Medical Officer

Supervises: Pharmacy related personnel across SSM Health

Interrelationships: Interacts with system, regional and entity leadership, and employees


The Vice President, Pharmacy services must establish strong collaborative relationships with key leaders throughout the organization. The individual is expected to understand and assess the external healthcare and pharmacy environments and to develop short- and long-term plans to ensure that SSM Health is well-positioned for current and future success.

The Vice President, Pharmacy Services is expected to leverage the integrated healthcare delivery model and engage with physicians, other caregivers and SSM Health executives to further integrate pharmacy services into seamless care delivery processes across the care continuum to achieve and sustain improvements in patient outcomes.

The Vice President, Pharmacy Services will have a distinguished record of performance in pharmacy. S/he must be a proven leader and strong business executive with a successful track record of building and leading a pharmacy function that contributes to the overall success of the Health System. S/he will be responsible for developing long and short-term strategies to standardize pharmacy structures and practices.

- The Vice President Pharmacy Services functions include but are not limited to the following: innovation and development spanning the entire continuum of care; value based initiative leadership, creation of internal and external value to sustain the mission; disruption, creativity and innovation to healthcare to be competitive and sustainable; strategic planning; designing, managing, measuring, and improving the medication management system; ensuring quality outcomes through performance-improvement activities; leading drug utilization efforts; optimizing the use of information systems and technology; managing the pharmaceutical supply chain, the pharmacy department's financial operations, and human resources; ensuring compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements; fulfilling the organization's research and educational missions; and providing institutional representation and leadership.

- Leads and directs a team of regionally based pharmacy executives to achieve consistently high levels of performance meeting operational key processes indicators

- Leads and directs system-wide medication management functions across the continuum of care including acute, ambulatory, post acute care, home health and population management.

- Fully accountable for the implementation of medication management related short and long term strategic, financial and quality goals

- Directs and approves clinical and operational objectives for efficient use medication management resources and achieve improved patient care and financial outcomes

- Establishes strategic direction for optimal utilization of internal and external resources to integrate medication management process system-wide

- Responsible for assessing external operational pharmacy industry trends and developments that represent risk and opportunities for the organization; develops short- and long-term plans to respond to potential risks and to capitalize on opportunities

- Implements the most cost-effective organization structure for delivering integrated enterprise pharmacy operations

- Responsible for new business development for pharmacy operations as appropriate

- Maintains an understanding of SSM Health's system strategies and knowledge of the marketplace and incorporates these concepts into the overall plan for pharmacy

- Leads and directs the research, identification, and implementation of evidence-based, cost-effective pharmaceutical utilization strategies.

  • Leads plans to support affiliate GPO alignment and directs initiatives to ensure compliance with determined pharmacy formulary and any contractual market share commitments
  • Leads, directs system-wide deployment of any medication management related third party relationships to ensure medication management alignment and pharmacy practice model transformation
  • Participates in the development of SSM Health's short- and long-term strategies to improve patient care and financial outcomes

- Leads medication management with key stakeholder groups, including the Center for Clinical Excellence, Patient Safety, Directors of Pharmacy, clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians, and other clinical leaders.

- Ensures alignment of medication management with electronic medical record platforms

- Provides direction to Participant pharmacy leaders and staff on operation, clinical, regulatory and policy issues

- Coordinates with colleagues to set the direction for the function of human resources strategies within system office and Participants for medication management related activities.

- Supports system-wide medication safety improvement initiatives at all Participants through process improvement initiatives that reduce variation, as appropriate, and enable high-reliability practices.

- Serves as a pharmacy liaison to system wide committees and other ad-hoc groups to support medication management and to enable two-way communication on medication management integration opportunities and implementation initiatives.

- Maintains external relationships with industry partners, professional organizations

and all Participant divisions, as applicable focusing on strategic business issues, challenges and developing partnership

- Leads efforts to develop and maintain outside customer and professional community relationships that have significant impact on the image of SSM Health.

- Works collaboratively with Supply Chain team in development and deployment of supplier contract, internal/external logistics, inventory and buyer management strategies to achieve specified medication management related goals

- Travels to SSM Health's facilities to facilitate or promote medication management initiatives as needed or requested.

- All work is performed with a direct reflection of the Mission, Vision and Values of SSM Health

Partners with the system Chief Nursing Officer and the Directors of Pharmacy



  • PharmD degree or MBA or MHA degree
  • 10 Years acute care hospital pharmacy management experience and extensive knowledge of integrated health care delivery models with evidence based medication management, cost reduction and patient care outcome improvement experience and accomplishments
  • Current license as a registered pharmacist within the United States
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to foster teamwork and create enthusiasm within a team
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word, and Power Point
  • Demonstrated track record in reducing pharmaceutical costs and medication management related care outcomes through collaboration with key stakeholder groups
  • Solid grasp of principles of evidence-based practice of medicine, clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutical therapeutic equivalence, therapeutic interchange, and demonstrated success in their application
  • Demonstrated quality improvement implementation skills in clinical processes
  • Demonstrated ability of improve utilization of pharmaceuticals in an acute care hospital setting
  • Effective project manager
  • Effective time management skills
  • Ability to flex and adapt to changing priorities


  • Normal office environment.

  • Ability to adapt to changing situations and set priorities.

  • Non-smoking office environment.

  • Travel will be required.

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  • Malpractice insurance
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