Hackensack University Medical Center Holds Annual Pharmacy Department Residency Certificate of Completion Ceremony

The Department of Pharmacy and Clinical Services at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 15th Annual Pharmacy Residency Certificate of Completion ceremony and the Third Annual PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Certificate of Completion ceremony. This year’s PGY1 certificate recipients are Jennifer Cheng, Allison Erica Lee, Sheryl Mathew and Terry K. Pak.  This year’s PGY2 certificate recipient is Jaclyn L. Scalgino. The ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of these pharmacy residents who have spent the past year developing their skills as clinical pharmacists at Hackensack University Medical Center.

“I am very proud of Jennifer, Terry, Sheryl, Allison and Jaclyn on the successful completion of their residency,” said Nilesh Desai, B.S., RPh., MBA, administrator, Pharmacy and Clinical Operations at Hackensack University Medical Center. “They all worked very hard throughout their training and have made significant contributions to both the Pharmacy and the medical center. Not only did they learn from us, but we gained valuable knowledge from them, which helps us to fine tune our practices. My team and I wish them well in their future endeavors.”

Jennifer Cheng is working to pursue a PGY2 residency in Infectious Disease at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Allison Erica Lee is pursuing a PGY2 residency program in Critical Care at Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio. Sheryl Mathew is pursuing a PGY2 residency in Geriatrics at James J. Peters VA Medical Center.  Terry K. Pak is pursuing a PGY2 residency in Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Jaclyn L. Scalgino has accepted a position at University Hospital in New York as the Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist.

Attending this year’s ceremony was Robert C. Garret, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, who addressed the residents.

“Our program utilizes a clinical focus and includes research projects and administrative exposure to provide our residents with a multi-level education experience and a strong foundation in pharmaceutical care,” said Mr. Garrett. “During their time at Hackensack University Medical Center, our residents interact with multiple health care professionals, students and patients to build medication management skills and to contribute to the care of our patient community. Through the years, our graduating residents have matched to several prestigious programs, making our program well-known throughout the country. I am honored to congratulate all of our residents and wish them much success throughout their careers.”

During his remarks, Mr. Garrett thanked Arpi G. Kuyumjian, PharmD, director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residence Program for her 36 years of dedication to the medical center. Arpi, who was the first PharmD in the state of New Jersey, retired shortly after the ceremony.

“All of these residents had a purpose; they wanted better training. And, they had a passion; to participate in direct patient care and to really make a difference,” said Dr. Kuyumjian. “They had patience every step of the way to make it work and they persevered, landing amazing residencies and an amazing position. So for that, I congratulate each and every one of them for a job well done.”

“Thanks to the vision of Arpi and her colleagues, Hackensack University Medical Center was the first in the state and amongst a select group of medical centers from across the country to participate in the antibiotic stewardship program,” said Mr. Garrett. “The day to day review of antibiotics for appropriateness has led to better quality of care outcomes for patients and has also saved millions of dollars.”

The robust Pharmacy Residency program at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the largest programs in New Jersey. The PGY1 program was established in 2002. The PGY2 was established in 2014.  Today, Hackensack University Medical Center has the largest team of clinical pharmacists in the state of New Jersey. The 14 clinical pharmacists specialize in the following areas: Infectious Disease, Emergency Management, Pediatrics, Neonatal Care, Organ Transplant Services, Critical Care, Surgical Care, Cardiac Care, Neurology, Psychology and Oncology.

Hackensack University Medical Center was the first medical center in the nation to hire eight transition of care pharmacists to focus on medication reconciliation, patient counseling and the “Meds to Beds” program. The Pharmacy Department at Hackensack University Medical Center is completely automated with various technologies, such as carousels, dispensing cabinets and IV Robotics to support the distribution of medications efficiently and safely to patients.

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The Department of Pharmacy and Clinical Services at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 15th Annual Pharmacy Residency and the Third Annual PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Certificate of Completion ceremonies. From left to right: Christina Howlett, PharmD, BCOP, PGY1, coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, Hackensack University Medical Center; Ruchi Jain, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, PGY1, director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, Hackensack University Medical Center; Arpi Kuyumjian, PharmD, director (former), PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program, Hackensack University Medical Center; Gabrielle Procopio, PharmD, BCPS, director, PGY2 EM Pharmacy Residency Program, Hackensack University Medical Center; Dianne A.M. Aroh, MS, RN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief patient care and clinical officer, Hackensack University Medical Center; Sheryl Mathew, PharmD, New Milford, NJ; Jennifer Chueng, PharmD, Livingston, NJ; Allison Erica Lee, PharmD, Pennington, NJ; Jaclyn Scaglione, PharmD, Manalapan, NJ; Terry K. Pak, PharmD, Hackensack, NJ; Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Nilesh Desai, B.S, RPh., MBA, administrator,  Pharmacy and Clinical Operations, Hackensack University Medical Center.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 24 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, which received a national ranking in Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.