West Florida Healthcare is proud to be the first hospital in the area to offer all private rooms as well as the area’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center. The facility is also an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, the area’s first accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and proudly provides market-leading quality outcomes performance. The West Florida Healthcare campus includes the area’s only comprehensive, CARF-accredited physical rehabilitation hospital, a mental health facility, the areas only memory disorder clinic, and a cancer center. Affiliated with HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare, West Florida Healthcare meets the community’s healthcare needs in major services such as oncology, orthopedics, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, critical care, neurology, emergency care, urology, behavioral health, gastroenterology, obstetrics, pulmonary, and rehabilitative medicine.
In addition to providing the best overall quality of care for our patients, we also offer a pharmacy practice residency program (PGY-1). The residency program began in July 2011, receiving full accreditation from ASHP in April 2013. The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at West Florida Hospital builds upon the resident’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. The goal of this program is to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training, or a role as a clinical pharmacist in a community or academic hospital setting.
Our supportive, close-knit workplace means a friendly, caring, patient-centered environment with one-on-one daily interactions with preceptors and the medical staff. Each resident has their own personal desk in a spacious office. Residents also receive a personal laptop with remote access to all of the necessary clinical tools a resident needs (i.e. Clinical Pharmacology, UpToDate, Vigilanz, Lexicomp, etc.).
- Pharmacy Department
- Residency Program Overview
- Rotation Descriptions
- Residency Coordinator Bio & Contact Information
- Current Residency Bios
- Application Requirements
The West Florida Hospital Department of Pharmacy is dedicated to the provision of excellence in patient care, education, community service, and research.
It is the aim of this department to support its mission by achieving the following goals:
- To advance rational, evidence-based, patient-oriented medication management and promote the application of patient centered care to pharmacy practice.
- For pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to be at the fore-front in medication management as experts and hold accountability for its elements.
- To serve as an advocate for advancing professional pharmacy practice, increasing cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical services and continuously improving the quality of patient care.
- To foster an environment that attracts, retains and motivates superior employees capable of delivering quality care.
- To advocate the value of pharmacists in ensuring appropriate clinical services and drug use control.
- To facilitate information exchange between pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other members of the health-care team, as well as, patients.
- To maintain continuing education programs for pharmacy practitioners and encourage involvement in educational activities outside of the department and institution.
Clinical Pharmacy Services Include:
- Parenteral Nutrition Management in collaboration with registered dieticians
- Antimicrobial stewardship rounds
- Admission and discharge medication reconciliation
- Hospital wide management of vancomycin and aminoglycoside dosing
- Automatic renal dosing
- Automatic IV to PO program
- Daily patient care rounds in the critical care setting
- Patient care rounds on acute care floors
- Anticoagulation therapy monitoring
- Utilization of a medication therapy system, Vigilanz, alerts pharmacist to medication management opportunities (antimicrobial de-escalation, renal dose adjustment alerts, etc.)
The PGY-1 Residency Experience at West Florida Hospital
Core Learning Experiences:
- Orientation (6 weeks)
- Adult Internal Medicine (three 4 week rotations)
- Critical Care (two 4 week rotations)
- Emergency Medicine (one 4 week rotation)
- Pharmacy Practice Management (one 4 week rotation)
- Project month (one 4 week rotation)
Longitudinal Learning Experiences (three to four 4 week elective opportunities):
- Weekly Case Based Infectious Disease Rounds with ID pharmacist
- Pharmacy Practice Management
- Research Project
Elective Learning Experiences:
- Infectious Disease
- Emergency Medicine
- Rehabilitative Medicine
- Ambulatory Care at the VA in Pensacola
- Pediatrics at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola
PGY-1 Residency Program Overview
Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY-1):
The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at West Florida Hospital builds upon the resident’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education. The goal of this program is to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training, or a role as a clinical pharmacist in a community or academic hospital setting.
The resident will be an active member of the healthcare team with opportunities to influence medication use and safety practices. The resident will have opportunities to be involved with teaching pharmacy students, admission and discharge medication reconciliation, formulary management, policy development, antimicrobial stewardship, residency project completion and presentation at the Florida Residency Conference.
The PGY-1 program at West Florida Hospital offers flexibility, while providing a strong foundation in all areas of pharmacy practice. The program is fully accredited with ASHP.
Duration/Type: 12 months/Residency
Number of Positions: 2
Application Deadline: Friday, January 8, 2016
Start Date: Early July
Estimated Stipend: $42,000
Interview Required: Yes
- 16 days of personal leave
- Dental coverage
- Educational and professional travel allowances
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
Eligibility requirements for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program:
- Graduate from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy
- Doctor of Pharmacy degree
- Eligible for licensure or already licensed as a pharmacist in the State of Florida
- On-site interview and presentation required
Our residency program is utilizing the new Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). The PhORCAS portal may be accessed at: https://portal.phorcas.org
Application deadline: Friday, January 8, 2016
Residency Coordinator Bio & Contact Information
Dr. Ernie Cyr graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2000. From there, he completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System. He currently serves as the Pharmacy Clinical Manager and PGY-1 Residency Program Director for West Florida Hospital. Dr. Cyr has served on HCA’s Clinical Pharmacy Advisory Board since 2011. At West Florida Hospital, he works closely with the medical staff and senior hospital administrative staff to promote pharmacy formulary management as well as the advancement of clinical pharmacy services. Dr. Cyr, serves as a pharmacy team leader, on antimicrobial management, critical care, medication safety, pharmacy and therapeutics, among many others, and reports pharmacy initiatives to the hospital’s medical executive committee for medical staff approval.
Ernie Cyr, Pharm.D.
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Department of Pharmacy
West Florida Hospital
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (850) 494-4922
Fax: (850) 494-4917
Current Residency Bios
Dr. Maria Bondar
Dr. Maria Bondar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She completed undergraduate courses at the University of Georgia and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, cardiology, and internal medicine. Following completion of her PGY-1, Dr. Bondar hopes to pursue a clinical pharmacist position where she can participate to further patient care and outcomes.
Dr. Glenn Grantner
Dr. Glenn Grantner received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida – St. Petersburg campus after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of West Florida here in Pensacola. His professional interests include oncology, critical care, and infectious disease. He is also excited to work closely with IPPE and APPE students working with us throughout the year. Upon completion of his PGY-1, Dr. Grantner hopes to attain a position as a clinical pharmacist and continue to help patients as a member of the healthcare team.
Class of 2015
Dr. Melissa Holloway
Dr. Holloway completed her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2015. Upon completion of residency, Dr. Holloway, has continued as a valuable part of our team as a full-time clinical pharmacist at West Florida Hospital. She continues to work as one of our antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists. Dr. Holloway remains involved with our residency program as a preceptor in training.
Dr. Letha James
Dr. James completed her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2015. Currently Dr. James is a PGY-2 Pediatric Resident at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.
Class of 2014
Dr. Lauren Martino, BCPS
Dr. Martino completed her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2014. After graduating, she continued to work as a prn clinical pharmacist with us. She returned home to Mississippi to take on a role as a full time clinical pharmacist in a community hospital pharmacist in Biloxi, MS. She has also achieved a personal goal of becoming a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.
Dr. Lauren Miller Kretz
Dr. Kretz completed her residency at West Florida Hospital in June of 2014. After successfully finishing her residency, Dr. Kretz moved to Ohio, to assume the role as a clinical pharmacist within a community hospital setting.
Dr. Eleanor Bituin, BCPS
Following the completion of her PGY-1 Residency, Dr. Bituin, joined the staff of West Florida Hospital as a clinical pharmacist in June of 2013. She remained an integral part of our clinical pharmacy services. She became chair of the hospital Medication Safety Committee and a preceptor for our Adult Internal Medicine rotation. During the summer of 2015, Dr. Bituin, moved to Alaska with her family. She is currently practicing as clinical pharmacist in Alaska.
Class of 2013
Dr. Carmen Ward Russell, BCPS
Following the completion of her PGY-1 Residency, Dr. Russell joined the staff of West Florida Hospital as a clinical pharmacist. She remains a clinical pharmacy leader, with a focus on pain management. In the spring of 2015, she enrolled in a Pain and Palliative Care ASHP traineeship program. She is working with our current pharmacy residents on a PCA pain management pilot. Dr. Russell remains involved in our residency program as a preceptor for adult internal medicine and a member of our residency advisory committee.
Class of 2012
Dr. Deanna Fernandes
After completion of her PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Fernandes, has completed a one-year geriatric fellowship with the University of Miami and the Miami VA. Dr. Fernandes then went on to pursue a PGY-2 residency in psychiatry at the VA in Gainesville. She is currently working at the VA in Gainesville, as an ambulatory care pharmacist with a focus on psychiatric care.
Dr. Shane Chordas
After completion of his PGY-1 residency at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Chordas has become a full-time pharmacist at West Florida Hospital until the summer of 2015. While at West Florida Hospital, Dr. Chordas, was a lead preceptor for many of our residency program learning experiences. He lead many of the clinical pharmacy initiatives along with the pharmacy clinical manager. He achieved his BCPS and MADD-ID advanced certificate while at West Florida. He was also one of our lead antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists. He is the current Pharmacy Clinical Manager at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Pensacola.