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Several KDHS pharmacists earn specialty board certifications

Several KDHS pharmacists earn specialty board certifications

Several Heath System pharmacists recently earned board certification from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. The number at the end of each listing is the number of pharmacists nationwide with this certification:

  • Jody Adkins, RPh: board certified in Compounded Sterile Preparation (750) 
  • Caity Clarke, PharmD: board certified in Pharmacotherapy (27,600)
  • Katie McPherson, PharmD: board certified in Critical Care Pharmacy (3,000)
  • Rebecca Sicking, PharmD: board certified in Pharmacotherapy (27,600)

Today, board certified pharmacists are directly involved in patient care more than ever before. They are an integral part of multidisciplinary teams that round on patients and provide valuable input in the patient’s overall care. Board certified pharmacists are recognized by their peers and other healthcare professionals as subject matter experts on disease state management. They are dedicated to staying current on the latest treatment guidelines and best practices and ensure that therapy for every patient is safe, appropriate, evidence-based and cost effective. Thus, resulting in improved patient outcomes and lower overall cost to the hospital.

To become a board certified pharmacist, a pharmacist must have at least three (3) years of work experience or a combination of completing a residency program and work experience in addition to passing a rigorous board exam. Once certified, they must maintain their continuing education requirements for recertification every seven years. There are 14 board certified specialties governed by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

In 2019, King’s Daughters Medical Center had four board certified pharmacists in pharmacotherapy. Today, we have 11 board certified pharmacists, six in the past nine months spanning five specialties.

  • Ambulatory Care: Lindsay Miller, PharmD
  • Critical Care: Katie McPherson, PharmD
  • Infectious Diseases: Jessica Sobnosky, PharmD
  • Pharmacotherapy: Lori Belle Slone, PharmD; Chris Raich, PharmD; Leigh Ann Keeton, PharmD; Rebecca Sicking, PharmD; Tyler Clay, PharmD; Caity Clarke, PharmD; Brittany Riley, PharmD; Jessica Sobnosky, PharmD
  • Compounded Sterile Preparation: Jody Adkins, RPh

The supportive environment for growth and development at King’s Daughters Medical Center is second to none. It has led to KDMC’s positive reputation amongst the pharmacy profession, especially in the Tri-State area. We have been able to attract, develop, and retain pharmacists. This helps ensure a continuous high level of patient care for our community.