System Director of Pharmacy

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Novant Health UVA Health System is a three-hospital health system and integrated, specialized and high-quality network of care located in the North Virginia/Washington DC region. In 2016, Novant partnered with The University of Virginia (UVA Health) to form this regional health system which includes:

  • Novant Health UVA Health System Cancer Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Caton Merchant House
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center


Novant Health/UVA Health System has 256 licensed beds across three comprehensive facilities. Captioned below are profiles for each of the three main hospitals within the Novant Health/UVA Health System:


Prince William Medical Center

Manassas, Virginia

130-bed community hospital with a comprehensive offering of services in emergency, heart and vascular, orthopedics and spine, imaging, women’s and children’s health, cancer care, fitness and wellness, rehabilitation, behavioral health, wound care and hyperbaric medicine



Culpeper Medical Center

Culpeper, Virginia

70-bed community hospital with a comprehensive offering of services in emergency, surgery, imaging, women’s and children’s health, heart and vascular, cancer care and rehabilitation.



Haymarket Medical Center

Haymarket, Virginia

60-bed community hospital with a comprehensive offering of services in emergency, surgery, imaging, women’s and children’s health, cancer care and rehabilitation.


The Role: System Director of Pharmacy Services

The System Director of Pharmacy Services has total responsibility for all Pharmacy services throughout the Novant Health/UVA Health System including all hospital and ambulatory complexes. Complete Pharmacy program with comprehensive clinical pharmacy services, growing Residency program and almost ____ FTE’s with an annual expense budget approaching $___M. He/She provides objectives, sets long term goals, organizes, supervises, and evaluates pharmacy procedures; all activities are carried out in coordination with the overall organizations objectives; assures the monitoring and evaluation, with medical staff input, of quality and appropriateness of patient services provided by the pharmacy department. In addition to the responsibilities mentioned, they have the leadership responsibilities for the establishment of and implementation of process improvement, staff development, and obtaining the vision of the combination of Pharmacy Services provided by Novant Health/UVA Health Pharmacies.

Essential Functions

The System Director of Pharmacy Services is accountable for organizing, leading, and managing Novant Health/UVA Health’s inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, including outlying clinics and physician practices. The System Director of Pharmacy position is a brand new role reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. The System Director of Pharmacy is also responsible for pharmacy services including but not limited to retail pharmacies, specialty pharmacy, post-acute care, infusion pharmacies, and mail order. Additional services are provided to joint ventures including but not limited to Encompass Health, Hospice of the Piedmont, and Transitional Care Hospital.


The System Director of Pharmacy Services manages the design, structure, development and planning issues within scope of direction.  Responsible for quality, service and regulatory compliance for areas of responsibility. The System Director of Pharmacy Services  is responsible for operational oversight and direction of all Novant Health/UVA Health Pharmacy sites.  The primary focus of this position is on the integration of pharmacy practices, establishment and ongoing monitoring of key operational and performance metrics, program planning and implementation, attainment of top tier quality and effectiveness measures, financial operations management, revenue enhancement, expense reduction, patient safety and assuring regulatory compliance at all times.





  1. Responsible for the operational performance of Pharmacy Services. Develop and implement system pharmacy operational planning and decision making processes in conjunction with pharmacy leadership and in collaboration with local administrative leadership in a matrix management model, by identifying opportunities to improve medication use, provide direction on the use of pharmaceuticals, and promote the appropriate use of related technology.
  2. Directs the operations of the medication delivery system for inpatient, ambulatory, and decentralized pharmacy services throughout Novant Health/UVA Health System.
  3. Overall responsibility for planning, coordinating, program evaluation, resource management, cost control, and quality improvement.
  4. Develops and implements policies, programs, and procedures that guide and support the provision of services and improve the care and outcomes for patients.
  5. Supports the pharmacy management team in functions that include recruitment, staffing, compensation, performance management, orientation, employee engagement and staff development. Ensures that all team members are qualified and competent to perform assigned duties.
  6. Responsible for overseeing the design, implementation and management of a safe and effective medication use system.  Ensures medication systems incorporate continuous improvement methodologies in order to operate effectively across the entire continuum of care.  Responsible for developing plans for the continued operation of medication-use systems and for the provision of pharmaceutical services during emergencies and disasters.
  7. Collaborate with peers to develop drug-utilization and formulary initiatives that optimize therapeutic outcomes and ensure the use of cost-effective pharmacotherapy throughout the system.  Identifies inappropriate utilization and leads efforts to modify practices to improve medication use.
  8. Support design and implementation of standardized and consistent processes across the system.  Work with leadership and staff to implement improvements supportive of a strong and effective electronic medical record.
  9. Ensure continued compliance with all national, state and local regulations related to medications and their use.
  10. Manage system human resources efforts by determining appropriate number of staff required to meet patient care needs, satisfy regulatory and accrediting requirements, and achieve the system mission.
  11. Prepares and manages the operating and capital budget for the pharmacy service line. Assesses the need for additional resources and makes recommendations as appropriate to division chief. Maintains fiscal accountability and adheres to annual budget.
  12. Responsible for pharmaceutical contracting, procurement, receiving, security, inventory control, diversion prevention and distribution policies.

Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated administrative success with progressive acute care facilities and will need to exhibit characteristics vital to the health systems dedication to complete patient care, education and expansion of broad based Clinical Pharmacy Services. He/She will need to have a background that complements Business, Quality, Education, Research and Information Systems. Baseline education should consist of a Pharm.D., with an MBA and ideally residency training. The ideal candidate will have a minimum 5 years of health system pharmacy management experience preferably in a system environment.



  • Minimum 5 years of pharmacy administrative experience, preferably in a system environment or large complex system.
  • Ability to deliver financial results for areas of accountability.
  • Possess a set of skills including, but not limited to, team leadership, conflict resolution, listening skills, and the flexibility to meet the changing needs of the system.
  • Must have a good grasp of clinical work flow in both hospital and ambulatory settings, and an interest in outcomes measurement.
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