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From the Frontline of COVID-19: Impact on a Critical-Access Hospital


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Hosted by the ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Advisory Group on Small and Rural Hospitals, today's episode focuses about the impact that COVID-19 had on a critical-access hospital’s pharmacy operations and the important role of critical-access pharmacists in caring for patients with COVID-19 in this setting. Dr. Dantonio will discuss lessons learned and how the department is preparing for the second wave of COVID-19.


Scott DantonioScott Dantonio is the Director of Pharmacy at St. James Parish Hospital for nine years. Dr. Dantonio currently serve on the ASHP SAG for small and rural hospitals. Dr. Dantonio is a current board member and past president of LSHP. He married to a PACU nurse and they have three children.

Vicki BasalygaVicki Basalyga, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, is the Director for the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists. In this role Vicki serves as an information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members regarding science and scientific developments affecting pharmacy practice in health systems. She serves as secretary to the Section executive committee and coordinates activities to accomplish the objectives established by the Section. Additionally, Vicki has assumed the position of Council Secretary for the ASHP's Council on Therapeutics.

Vicki received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Vicki is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Prior to her current position at ASHP, Vicki practiced as critical care pharmacist in both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Other activities Vicki performed included drafting policies and procedures, co-chairing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, creating and drafting order sets for CPOE conversion and precepting residents and students.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.