St. Louis Children’s Hospital, a health-system organization part of the BJC Healthcare System, is dedicated to improving the health and lives of children. As one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the country, St. Louis Children’s provides care in more than 50 specialty areas through a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers.
Providing comprehensive, high-quality care and serving as an advocate for children has been St. Louis Children’s commitment since its inception in 1879. Today, the hospital serves patients and families across a 300-mile service area, and has seen patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Additionally, the hospital’s academic and physician partner, Washington University School of Medicine, is one of the top-ranked medical schools in the United States.
This position will join the current Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) that is led by an ASP Medical Director and an ASP Pharmacy Director. The mission of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital ASP is to optimize antimicrobial use in children. Our ASP philosophy centers on the importance of communication and collaboration. We are committed to handshake stewardship, which relies on in-person direct communication with providers and teams to provide support around antimicrobial use. We also work with healthcare teams in many other capacities, including the development of multidisciplinary guidelines for the management of infections in children, education about the use of antimicrobials, and evaluation of trends in antimicrobial use and resistance.
This clinical pharmacy specialist will participate in the daily activities of the Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases (ID) teams, and ASP through recommending and monitoring patients’ antimicrobial therapy for appropriateness, effectiveness, safety, and cost effectiveness. Specifically, in collaboration with the other ID/ASP pharmacist, there will be a rotating presence on ID consult rounds and ASP handshake stewardship rounds. SLCH currently has two ID consult teams, the general ID consult team and immunocompromised ID consult team, who care for patients with a myriad of complex infectious syndromes.
In addition to clinical services, this person will participate in hospital and system-wide quality improvement activities and be responsible for the education of healthcare workers and trainees as it relates to ID/ASP, and act as a liaison with the nursing, pharmacy, and medical staff concerning antimicrobial use in the institution.