The pharmacy deparment at CRMH consists of Pharmacy Services with Operation and Admixture, Clinical Services, Medication Use and Regulatory Compliance. In addition, there are directors for Retail Pharmacies, Pharmacy Systems and Pharmacy Supply and Contracting.
CRMH Pharmacy Services
Karen Lowdon, R.Ph., M.S.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., Senior Director
Karen Lowdon is the senior director of the pharmacy department and oversees the activities of the four directors of Pharmacy Services at CRMH, while also facilitating the communication among the various administrators. She represents the pharmacy department on various committees throughout CRMH and interacts with members of other departments to further manage pharmacy-related issues. She works to advance clinical pharmacy practice to improve patient care and outcomes. Carilion empowers Karen to fully utilize pharmacists as medication experts and members of the patient care team. She is invested in helping both patients and providers obtain the full value of services that pharmacy has to offer.
Operations and Admixture
Larry Mullins, R.Ph., M.B.A., Director
Larry is the director of Operations and Admixture. He works to ensure that the right drug gets to the right patient at the right time. He directs pharmacy staff and coordinates processes for the daily distributive and IV admixture operations. His role involves supporting managers and supervisors in the execution of daily operations and guiding those individuals in personnel management activities. Larry aims to ensure that policies and procedures are followed and personnel resources are appropriately utilized. He also develops performance improvement strategies to maximize the efficiency of departmental processes. Essential components of his work involve recruiting, hiring, evaluating, orienting and training staff.
Linda Young, Pharm.D., Director
Linda Young is the director of Medication Use. She works to foster the consistent application of evidence-based medicine to guide decisions concerning medication use. She plays an integral part in the evaluation, revision and maintenance of the CRMH drug formulary. She is responsible for the review and analysis of medication errors, adverse drug events and associated processes. Her responsibilities also include implementing medication safety initiatives at CRMH, providing drug information consultations for the pharmacy department and other healthcare providers and educating healthcare providers and pharmacy residents and students about medication safety and drug information.
Ron Spellman, R.Ph., Director
Ron Spellman is the director of Regulatory Compliance. He works to achieve and maintain compliance with all pharmacy accreditation standards, laws and regulations. In this capacity, he serves as a liaison between the department and regulatory bodies at the state and national levels and assists with inspections, audits and site visits from regulatory agencies. Ron's duties include the formulation of internal policies and procedures for compliance in conjunction with pharmacy management. Similarly, he integrates the compliance efforts of the pharmacy department with other disciplines of CRMH.
Amanda Hansen, Pharm.D., Director
Amanda Hansen is the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services. She oversees the expanding group of clinical pharmacy specialists which now includes surgery, critical care, internal medicine, infectious disease, emergency medicine, cardiology and neonatology as well as clinical pharmacists in family medicine, ambulatory care, and pediatrics. She provides support for pharmacy consultation services, organizes education initiatives for the Department of Pharmacy, and manages quality improvement efforts directly impacted by pharmacists. Additionally, she coordinates the research activities of the department and serves as a liaison between the pharmacy and research departments, the Institutional Review Board and principal investigators.