May 2018 | Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Pharmacy, in Spokane. It is named after two local Veterans who sacrificed their lives for their country and each received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC Pharmacy Services supports the mission of the Veterans Health Administration by providing accurate, cost-effective, efficient, and safe pharmaceutical care to each Veteran served. Its core values are expressed through the acronym, “ICARE,” which stands for Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence. These core values guide employees’ actions on a daily basis to ensure they are providing the best care anywhere to Veterans by:

  • Integrating the concept of pharmaceutical care into all phases of the pharmacy practice aimed at improving employee engagement and Veteran experience.
  • Employing a systems-thinking approach to continuously improve processes and behaviors aimed at increasing value and developing best practices.
  • Increasing patient educational efforts, particularly as they relate to medication related outcomes.
  • Providing clinical pharmacy support to fulfill National VA PBM Formulary compliance and optimize outcomes with medications.
  • Being good stewards of limited organizational resources and operating cost-effectively within the allocated medical center budget.
  • Providing timely service for prescriptions filled at the pharmacy.
  • Using clinical pharmacy specialists who practice at the top of their license to manage chronic diseases in primary care and specialized care for behavioral health.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC pharmacy department is composed of about 30 pharmacists and 23 pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy operates a full service outpatient department dispensing prescriptions and counseling patients. They also have an inpatient department providing unit dose and IV services. Inpatient pharmacist coverage after hours is provided through a remote link to Puget Sound VAMC. During after hours, inpatient medication services are provided through fully stocked Omnicell machines and ward stock. In addition, the pharmacy provides clinical pharmacy specialist services to the primary care and specialty clinics during regular business hours, assisting providers in the treatment of anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, tobacco cessation, and in formulary management.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC serves as a rotation site to students for six different advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Two of these rotations are ambulatory care, one in the primary care setting and the other in long-term-care/hospice. There are also rotations in acute care, community pharmacy, management, and (new for the 2018-2019 cycle) urgent care.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC has been providing an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program for the past six years. Each year the Mann-Grandstaff VAMC receives applications from candidates all over the United States. A pharmacy team conducts interviews and chooses only two residents from a pool of highly qualified candidates. An ideal candidate for this position should possess not only a strong academic record, but also leadership abilities, a commitment to community, and good emotional intelligence. In other words, pharmacy residents are hired for their attitude and trained to develop their skills. Residents can get experience in outpatient, inpatient, clinical, administration, and long-term/palliative care. They also have the opportunity to select electives in infectious diseases, behavioral health, home-based primary care, and academia. Interested applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (The Match) and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to practice at an advanced level to contribute to excellent patient care. Pharmacists at the Spokane VAMC have the highest “All Employee Satisfaction Scores” for the last two consecutive years. As a team member in the VAMC, it is important to have strong communication skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to build long-lasting relationships.

April Social Event!

April 18, 2018

Tax Time Trivia

Join fellow SPA members for a fun evening of team trivia with a numbers theme!

Pharmacists, technicians and students welcome.

When and Where

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
April 18, 2018

Cougar Crest Estate Winery
8 North Post Street, #6
Spokane, WA 99201

Cost

$10 fee for SPA members
Student SPA members are free

Includes wine tastings and snacks.

Come show us what you know!

Registration for this event is closed.

2018 Allen I. White Lecture

The WSU College of Pharmacy will be hosting its 2018 Allen I. White Lecture next Tuesday, March 13, from 12 – 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Richard Okita, Ph.D.
Program Director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Click here to read about Dr. Okita in the college’s lecture announcement.

The lecture is open to the public. People planning to attend are asked to click on the following site link to RSVP: http://bit.ly/white-lecture-2018

Get full event details on Facebook.

About Us

Mission Statement

The Spokane Pharmacy Association was established in 1921 and is a voluntary association of pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. SPA’s purposes are to:

  • Assure the viability of the profession of Pharmacy by supporting the education of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and students;
  • Promote the competency of practitioners and maximize the profession’s contribution to patient care; and
  • Increase an awareness of these contributions and capabilities and their value not only to the profession, but also to other health-care practitioners and, in particular, the patient.

ACTIVITIES

To support our mission, we perform the following events and services for the local pharmacy community:

  • Annual Meeting
  • Monthly Continued Education offerings
  • Social events for the pharmacy community throughout the year
  • Fax Blast Program for rapid dissemination of local pharmacy concerns
  • Support of legislative efforts vital to the health and progress of pharmacy practice
  • This website with content concerning local and national pharmacy news and resources

International Pharmacy Focus

The Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on a special group of pharmacies who provided a memorable glimpse into U.S. pharmacy practices to a select group of Japanese pharmacy students who were attending Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute (MFWI) this last summer.  This unique exchange is a cooperative venture between Spokane pharmacies and the English language program at MFWI.


About 20-25 pharmacy students were curious and excited to practice their English skills as well as learn about the difference in pharmacy practices between the U.S. and Japan.
Continue reading “International Pharmacy Focus”

2017 Annual Meeting

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Spokane Pharmacy Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community with keynote speaker Lisa Brown, former WSU Spokane chancellor.

We are proud to showcase our awards winners:
Pharmacist of the Year: Manpreet Chahal
Pharmacy Technician of the Year: Sandi Tshcritter
Student Pharmacist of the Year: Megan Reyholdson and Evan Sainsbury
Community Service Award: Luke Rice
Pharmacy of the Year: Medication Review

See the photos by Mark Nguyen on our Facebook page!

2017 Fall Newsletter

By: SPA Past-President Linda Vierra

“Back to School” sales for new tools and more learning slowly but surely lead us all into becoming more aware that we are actually “always in school” in order to do our best.

Backpacks are a visible means of carrying one’s new tools needed for learning, as well as an indication that the person is anticipating and “leaning into” the task (joy?) of learning new and valuable information. Little did we know as children when we eagerly donned those backpacks that we were taking our first steps into being perpetual learners. This is particularly true of the pharmacy profession.

A colleague of mine told me that he tried to read a minimum of 15 minutes (after work!) and to learn one new thing every night. What amazed him was how often he needed to know that one piece of information shortly after he’d learned it.

As we head into the home stretch of the year, the Spokane Pharmacy Association will be offering you a virtual backpack – full of new tools and ideas to help you stay current, stay connected to your fellow pharmacy colleagues, and stay excited about your profession.

SPA has planned varied CE topics and social events for this fall, so look for more information to be up on the website soon, and watch your email for the dates and details: Continue reading “2017 Fall Newsletter”

Summer Newsletter

It’s June and summer weather is officially here. Thank goodness! I do not know about you but I am excited for a few months of warm weather to help forget about the long winter and wet spring we have had here in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The Board of Managers has been busy working on your behalf. We have coordinated a number of excellent continuing education presentations and are well above our goal for CE opportunities for this year. Have you enjoyed one yet? Keep a look out for future offerings. We had the opportunity to host an exhibitor booth Continue reading “Summer Newsletter”