Hackensack University Medical Center Pharmacy Transitions of Care Team Recognized for Clinical Excellence

July 18, 2017

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that its pharmacy Transitions of Care (TOC) team has been recognized with a HealthTrust 2017 Clinical Excellence Award.

The HealthTrust Clinical Excellence Award recognizes members who have implemented and demonstrated a best practice in supply chain clinical initiatives.

“I want to congratulate our TOC leadership team,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Their dedication and expertise has helped to create an early center taking the lead nationally, by providing these critically important services for our patients.”

The TOC team was created to support and advance medication reconciliation and patient counseling through innovative and collaborative initiatives. Acting on evidence-based data, the TOC team began this initiative in 2015. Eight pharmacists joined the team in order to achieve the stated goals and elevate patient satisfaction.

“We are committed to taking the lead from a care transitions perspective,” said Nilesh Desai, RPh, MBA, administrator of Pharmacy and Clinical Operations at Hackensack University Medical Center. “Our patients have expressed great satisfaction in the individualized attention they receive, while our partnership with physicians and nurses has strengthened.”

The pharmacists’ positions were created in response to evidence-based data that supports the use of pharmacist-conducted medication reconciliation and patient education counseling as a way to reduce 30-day hospital readmissions and improve patient satisfaction.

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 2016-17 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 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 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; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and 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.