Jason Glowczewski received his Pharm.D. from the University of Toledo in 2002 and then went on to do an M.B.A. at Indiana Wesleyan University that was completed in 2008. In addition, he earned a six-sigma green belt in 2010 and a Lean Healthcare Certification in 2013. He started as the pharmacy manager of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in 2006 and then became the manager of pharmacy and oncology services in 2008 after opening a new cancer center. In 2013 Jason was promoted into a newly created position, the director of pharmacy for UH community hospitals.
Jason is a member of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers where he is on the Section Advisory Group for Pharmacy Business Management. He has also presented a variety of management pearls, management case studies and posters at the last few ASHP Midyear meetings. For the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Jason is on the legal affairs division and serves on the PPMI and residency expansion committees.
Jason has the pleasure of working with 9 community hospitals that are part of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. These facilities are diverse and range in size from a 387-bed community hospital with a variety of advanced and specialized services to a 25-bed critical access hospital. University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 15 hospitals, 30 outpatient health centers and primary care physician offices in 15 counties. At the core of the $3.5 billion health system is University Hospitals Case Medical Center, ranked among America’s 50 best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in all 12 methodology-ranked specialties.
Jason feels that one great thing about his role is the variety of projects in progress within his community hospitals and the opportunity to work with a team of great pharmacy leaders. His community hospitals and are on track to achieve 1.2 million dollars in medication cost savings for 2015 due to formulary and clinical pharmacy initiatives. Two of the facilities (UH Parma and Elyria Medical Centers) have recently joined UH and significant progress has been made to integrate their formularies and welcome them to the expanding UH team. Pharmacists in the two critical access hospitals (Geneva and Conneaut Medical Centers) educate their patients daily and patient satisfaction scores have moved above the 90th percentile for medication education. To ensure high quality care for all, the larger community hospitals now provide 24/7 order verification for pharmacies in facilities that are not large enough to support 24/7 on-site operations. Creating compelling business plans to drive change has allowed for two community hospitals (UH Ahuja and Richmond Medical Centers) to begin PGY1 residency programs and one community hospital (UH Geauga Medical Center) to open a new bedside delivery pharmacy this summer.
Advice for Someone New to Your Specialty Area
“For pharmacy leadership- do not limit your ambition for pharmacy practice advancement based on facility size. We have an ambitious community hospital with an average census of 100 patients that has PGY1 and PGY2 (internal medicine and academia) residencies. These relatively new residencies have catalyzed rapid advancement of pharmacy practice including an outpatient pharmacy clinic (collaborative practice agreement) and pharmacy ownership of medication related patient satisfaction. Small hospitals can be extremely nimble, especially when they work on projects collaboratively within a health system.”
Involvement in ASHP
“Regularly attending the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Leadership Conference, I gained a new appreciation for ASHPs involvement in driving pharmacy practice advancement and innovation so I decided to get more involved.”
ASHP’s Value to Members
“The value of ASHP is immense. The information exchange through ASHP meetings, electronic systems, and other networking opportunities helps catalyze pharmacy practice advancement, as does ASHPs advocacy strategy.”
“Key advancements like provider status will not happen without a great deal of hard work and collaboration. This effort will not be possible without membership, but more importantly involved members. ASHP is paving the way to expand pharmacy practice, share best practices and develop tools to help every health system pharmacist elevate practice in their own setting.”