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Heather Ellis, PharmD

Medication Safety Coordinator, PGY-2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Program Director
Learning Experiences (rotations for residency): Medication Safety I, Medication Safety, MERIT Longitudinal

Dr. Ellis received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Ellis worked as a clinical pharmacist at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL for five years before transitioning into the Medication Safety Pharmacist role at the facility. While serving as the Medication Safety Pharmacist, she led the facility's Medication Error, Drug Safety and Smart Infusion Pump committees. During that time, Dr. Ellis completed the ISMP Medication Safety Intensive program and the ASHP ISMP Medication Safety Certificate. Dr. Ellis joined AdventHealth Orlando in 2021 as the Medication Safety Coordinator. She leads the Orlando Continuous Quality Improvement committee, co-chairs the system level Medication Safety Committee, precepts residents and students, and is the residency coordinator for the PGY2 Medication Use Safety and Policy program. Dr. Ellis enjoys working as a collaborative team with hospital operations, clinical, and informatics to implement best practices.

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Stacy L. Carson, PharmD, BCPS, FISMP

Medication Safety Officer, PGY-2 Medication-Use Safety and Policy Residency Program Coordinator
Learning Experiences (rotations for residency): Medication Safety I and II

Dr. Carson received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Following graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Drug Information Residency at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. She then went on to complete a Safe Medication Management Fellowship at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in Horsham, PA. After fellowship, Dr. Carson became the Medication Safety Pharmacist at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL for 6 years where she led their Medication Error, Drug Safety, and Alaris Pump Committees.

Dr. Carson joined AdventHealth Orlando in 2018 as the Medication Safety Coordinator. In August 2020, she became the Medication Safety Officer for AdventHealth. She leads the system Smart Pump Oversight Committee and Medication Safety Committee, serves as the expert resource for medication safety initiatives and medication error investigations. She works closely with the pharmacy operations, clinical, and informatics teams to improve the medication use process and precepts students and residents in both elective and longitudinal rotations.

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Kaye M. Dunham, PharmD, CPh, BCSCP, DPLA

Pharmacy Department Senior Manager
Learning Experiences: Pharmacy Administration and Management

Dr. Dunham completed her undergraduate education and leadership training at the United States Military Academy, West Point. After serving for 5 years in the Army as a logistics officer she left the Army to attend Pharmacy School at Campbell University, graduating Suma Cum Laude and class president. Since graduation from pharmacy school Dr. Dunham has held a variety of positions including: clinical pharmacist, medication safety pharmacist, manager, and director of pharmacy. She has, at various points in her career, also continued her education through the completion of programs such as: ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy, ASHP Pain Management Certificate, ASHP Teaching Certificate, Medication Safety Intensive with ISMP, and USP 795, 797 and 800 training.

In her role at AdventHealth Orlando, Dr. Dunham has direct responsibility for the pharmacy operations leaders and their teams of pharmacists and technicians. She also works closely with the clinical pharmacy leaders and teams to ensure successful initiative implementations, process improvements and advancing patient care. Dr. Dunham also leads the system Pharmacy Operations Leader Forum to standardize practices across all campuses in the system.

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Jaclyn A. Jeffries, PharmD, CPh, CPPS

Executive Director, Safety Culture at AdventHealth
Learning Experiences: Medication Safety II

Dr. Jaclyn A. Jeffries received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Purdue University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. Following graduation, she completed a pharmacy residency at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement in West Lafayette, IN. After completing her residency, Dr. Jeffries became the Medication Safety Officer for Health First, a four-hospital integrated delivery network, in Melbourne, FL. Jaclyn became a licensed Consultant Pharmacist in 2014 and became a Board Certified Professional in Patient Safety in 2018.

Dr. Jeffries joined AdventHealth, formerly known as Florida Hospital, in 2015 serving in the capacity of a Clinical Pharmacist and Medication Safety Coordinator for the Florida Hospital Orlando Campus. From December 2017 through August 2020, Jaclyn became the Medication Safety Officer for the nine-campus enterprise in Central Florida. Since February 2020, Dr. Jeffries has served as the Executive Director of Safety Culture for AdventHealth. She oversees Medication Safety, Imaging Safety, and a Clinical Patient Safety team that focuses on Perinatal Care and Mortality Learning Systems. Jaclyn leads overarching programs that incorporate safety and culture into AdventHealth by conducting the organization’s patient safety survey and hosting the AdventHealth Patient Safety Academy.

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Craig MacDonald, PharmD

Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator, PGY-2 Informatics Residency Program Director
Learning Experiences: Clinical Informatics

Dr. MacDonald graduated pharmacy school from Nova Southeastern University in 2013 and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, MI. He then went on to complete a PGY-2 in Informatics in Louisville, KY at the University of Louisville Hospital. There he was involved in their first BCMA implementation and helped with the build process for their EHR project. Upon completion of his PGY-2, Dr. MacDonald accepted a position at AdventHealth Orlando to continue furthering his skills and expand into larger practice settings.

During his time at AdventHealth, Dr. MacDonald has led many implementations at various campuses working with inventory management software, automated dispensing cabinets, anesthesia stations, IV workflow software, diversion analytics and more. He took an early role precepting HSPAL residents at the Orlando campus and then took on the Program Director role of a new PGY-2 Informatics Residency in 2018. Now at the system level he oversees all the Central Florida South Region’s pharmacy automation, pharmacy EHR maintenance and improvements, as well as new solution implementations. Working closely with the medication safety and regulatory teams, Dr. MacDonald and the informatics team are an integral part of the medication use process and its continued improvement at AdventHealth.

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Julia Logan Rutkowski, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Learning Experiences: Drug Information and Formulary Management

Dr. Rutkowski earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Colorado and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Colorado. Following graduation, she completed her PGY-1 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN and PGY-2 in Critical Care at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Following residency, she stayed on as a critical care specialist in surgical, burn, trauma and neuro intensive care units. Upon moving to Orlando, she worked at Orlando Health servicing critical care, burn, and surgical patients.

Dr. Rutkowski joined AdventHealth Orlando in 2011 as clinical coordinator for the enterprise of campuses that make up AdventHealth Orlando. In this capacity, Dr. Rutkowski has served as coordinator of Antimicrobial Stewardship and currently coordinates the Formulary Subcommittee for Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Dr. Rutkowski is a multidisciplinary collaborator with clinical, operational and informatics colleagues to continually improve patient care.

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Amanda Wollitz, PharmD, BCPS, FISMP

Program Director of Pharmacy – Policy and Quality
Learning Experiences: Medication Use Policy and Accreditation

Dr. Wollitz obtained her PharmD from Mercer University in 2011 and completed her PGY-1 residency training at UF Health Jacksonville (formerly Shands Jacksonville Medical Center). After residency, Dr. Wollitz worked for Baptist Medical Center where she practiced in both clinical and operations positions. During this year of practice, she identified the role that pharmacists play in medication safety and how focusing on systems improvements is key. She went on to complete a Safe Medication Management Fellowship in 2013 with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in Horsham, PA.

Dr. Wollitz joined AdventHealth in 2014 as the Medication Safety Coordinator for the Orlando campus and later expanded her role to Assistant Director of Pharmacy with responsibility for diversion prevention and quality. In 2017, Dr. Wollitz joined the enterprise team as the Program Director for Policy and Quality. In this role she is responsible for policy creation, review, and implementation and oversees the Pharmacy Quality Program including compliance with the Florida Board of Pharmacy, DNV, and other regulatory and best practice initiatives. She helped develop and continues to coordinate the organization’s Diversion Oversight Committee and currently coordinates the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for AdventHealth Orlando, Central Florida Division South.

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Emily Repella, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacy Operations Manager
Learning Experiences (rotations for residency): Central Operations Staffing Longitudinal

Dr. Repella attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2015 and her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2019. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa Florida in 2020 then went on to complete a PGY-2 in Medication-Use Safety and Policy at AdventHealth Orlando in 2021. During her residency, she collaborated on local and division-wide quality improvement projects including reviewal of automated dispensing cabinet overrides, pulmonary hypertension REMS documentation compliance, national formulary standardization, and regional policy consolidation.

After completion of residency, Dr. Repella served as a Pharmacy Operations Supervisor then was promoted to a Pharmacy Operations Manager at AdventHealth Orlando. In her current role, she coordinates pharmacy services with procedural and outpatient areas, the medication history team, introductory pharmacy practice experience students, and controlled substance handling. She remains actively involved with local committees including Pharmacy Operations Leader Forum and Continuous Quality Improvement.

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Katie Conrad, PharmD

Pediatric Medication Safety Clinical Specialist
Elective Learning Experience: Pediatric Medication Safety
Pharmacy School: University of North Carolina
PGY-1 Program: UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL
PGY-2 Program: UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL