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New Pharmacy Advisory Council Members Appointed


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By Robert Campbell, PharmD, Director, Clinical Standards Interpretation and Director, Medication Management

We are pleased to introduce the new members of The Joint Commission Pharmacy Advisory Council. These include:

  • Vandi Anderson, PharmD, BCSCP, Director of Pharmacy, CHI St Alexius Health Williston
  • Brian Beckett, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy Operations, CPS
  • Chris Beebe, RPh, MBA, Senior Vice President, Compliance and Regulatory Services, CPS
  • Samuel V. Calabrese, MBA, RPh, FASHP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Cleveland Clinic 
  • Mike Ganio, PharmD, MS, FASHP, Senior Director, Pharmacy Practice and Quality, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist
  • Alisa House, RPh, Senior Advisory, Quality and Accreditation, CVS Health
  • Rita Jew, PharmD, MBA, BCPPS, FASHP, President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
  • Louis Kynard, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
  • Carolyn Liptak, MBA, RPh, Pharmacy Executive Director, Center for Pharmacy Practice Excellence, Vizient Inc.
  • Wanda Rogers, MS, RPh, FNHIA, National Director of Pharmacy, Infusion, Coram LLC
  • Rita Shane, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The council also includes Joint Commission staff:

  • Robert Campbell, PharmD, BCSCP, Director Standards Interpretation Group / Director Medication Management
  • Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
  • Kathryn Petrovic, MSN, RN, Director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods
  • Debbie Ryan, MS, RN, Senior Director, Field Operations, Accreditation and Certification Operations
  • Raji Thomas, DNP, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, Director, Office Quality and Patient Safety
  • Maureen Vance, MSN, RN, Clinical Project Manager, Department of Standards and Survey Methods

This group is an integral part of Joint Commission’s advisory structure and will provide valuable input on issues affecting medication management over a 2-year period, with possible reappointments.

The Pharmacy Advisory Council has four main tasks.

  1. Provide guidance on how the Joint Commission’s initiatives, standards, and accreditation process can be enhanced. This includes providing solicited feedback on standards and survey process.
  2. Identify ways to optimize impact of recent and planned future changes in Joint Commission standards and accreditation processes, products, and services.
  3. Share feedback on how current Joint Commission enterprise activities are impacting pharmacy.
  4. Counsel The Joint Commission on current and evolving health care trends and issues. 

Member Roles & Responsibilities
This is a unique opportunity for pharmacy professionals. All Joint Commission advisory board members are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Submit appropriate and relevant agenda topics for discussion and review.
  • Representative pharmacy on various subjects regarding current or anticipated health care environment emerging issues.
  • Advise The Joint Commission regarding existing and proposed services, including standards, survey process, products, and services.
  • Raise issues that can impact Joint Commission future directions and initiatives, including market and industry trends.
  • Suggest methods for solving quality and safety problems, and how The Joint Commission can help address them.
  • Disseminate information about Pharmacy Advisory Council activities in their systems and at public forums, whenever appropriate

Advisory Council Qualifications
The selection process was extensive and each new member to the pharmacy advisory board is either:

  1. A pharmacist acting as a Director of Pharmacy in either a hospital or a health care system which is accredited by The Joint Commission.
  2. A pharmacist employed by a key stakeholder who directly impacts medication management.

We are confident that our new Pharmacy Advisory Council represents a dynamic cross-section of the industry that will make real strides in improving medication management.

Robert Campbell, PharmD, is Director, Clinical Standards Interpretation Group and Director, Medication Management. Prior to these roles, he served as the pharmacist for Clinical Standards Interpretation in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission. Campbell also surveys as a field representative for The Joint Commission in the Hospital Accreditation and Critical Access Hospital Accreditation Programs and is a reviewer in the Medication Compounding Certification Program. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, Campbell worked in health care organizations and held leadership positions with oversight responsibilities for performance improvement, accreditation readiness, risk management, infection control, medical staff services, as well as inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services.