Division Director Pharmacy

Shift: Day
Schedule: Full - Time Regular

Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent’s subsidiaries own and operate 31 hospitals in seven states with more than 25,000 employees including 1,150 employed providers. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 89 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 73 percent of all hospitals ranked. Seven of the company's hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as "Best Places to Work" in 2017 – more than any other system in the country.

Ardent Health Services invests in quality healthcare.  AHS makes considerable investments in people, technology, facilities, and communities, producing high quality care and extraordinary results. Since 2001, those investments total more than $835 million. From newly constructed facilities and expanded services, to lifesaving technology and outstanding opportunities for employees, AHS is committed to providing its hospitals and clinics the tools needed to succeed. 

Ardent’s work environment is built upon Behavior Standards, which include five key pillars: Service, Quality, People, Financial and Growth. These pillars represent who we are, what we do and how we operate. Our corporate office in Nashville, TN was recently named Best Places to Work by The Tennessean and seven of our hospitals were also named Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare.

OUR MISSION: Ardent Health Services is a premier provider of health care services, delivered with compassion for patients and their families, with respect for employees, physicians, and other health professionals, with accountability for our fiscal and ethical performance, and with responsibility to the communities we serve.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Every action we take at AHS is built on three key tenets:

  • Ardent recognizes that each hospital is as unique as the community it serves.
  • We believe in working with employees and physicians to improve the quality of care, patient safety and customer service and we measure all three continuously.
  • We reinvest in our facilities – helping our hospitals expand services, enhance technology and add new programs that fulfill their missions.

We believe it is this mix of corporate support and local autonomy that equips our facilities for success.

OUR POSITION: We are currently looking for a Division Director of Pharmacy to provide leadership and alignment for Pharmacy Services across the Americas Division of Ardent Health Services (AHS). The America’s Division consists of 6 hospitals located in Panama City, FL, Pocatello, ID, Harker Heights, TX, Westwood, NJ, Montclair, NJ and Topeka, KS. The Division Director of Pharmacy will be based at AHS Corporate Headquarters in Nashville, TN and will be responsible for leading, implementing, and measuring all Pharmacy Services both clinical and operations, in an effort to reduce cost and improve quality and outcome trends. Responsibilities also includes leadership, strategy development, collaboration, research, standardization, utilization management, regulatory compliance, and development and execution of new and proven cost savings, clinical initiatives, and operational workflows.

This individual will support the hospital pharmacy directors and associated management teams; as well as work collaboratively with the AHS Supply Chain and Pharmacy Corporate Team. This position is ultimately responsible for developing the pharmacy business strategy to optimize and enhance results across the Americas Division and execute on the corporate pharmacy agenda.  


  • Promotes multi-disciplinary teamwork in order to meet AHS goals and objectives.
  • Manage the Division clinical and operational processes specific to pharmacy to ensure achievement of the AHS goals and objectives.
  • Contribute to the content development for clinical or operational initiatives. The primary focus will be developing therapeutic formularies for key pharmaceutical product lines both at a Divisional and Corporate level.
  • Develop additional new processes for Divisional and/or AHS Standardization.
  • Provides guidance and oversight for utilization of cost effective Oncology, Hematology and Immunological therapies.
  • Contribute information to the AHS Tracker specific for Pharmacy.
  • Maintain system level scorecard of key clinical/operating measures
  • Cultivates a culture of safety, accountability and fosters opportunities for pharmacy staff development.
  • Develop special projects, as necessary.
  • Maintain effective communications with AHS Corporate, Division Supply Chain, and hospital leadership.
  • Identify best practices and trends in the pharmaceutical industry, while implementing activities in Supply Chain to enhance operations.
  • Develop and maintain a monthly Americas Division Director of Pharmacy Webex to provide communication to all DOPs and pharmacy management that highlights clinical and operational initiatives and trends.
  • Participate in all Corporate and Division Supply Chain activities, including conference calls for large and small groups, and various group presentations, as necessary. 
  • Assist in developing key pharmacy business process models to be implemented across AHS or Americas Division.


  • B.S. or PharmD from an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy required. Residency trained preferred.


  • More than 5 years of leadership experience in hospital or health care multi hospital system pharmacy.


  • Pharmacist License, in good standing with appropriate State Board of Pharmacy.


  • Use of Microsoft Office suite, specifically Excel


  • Demonstrate leadership skills.
  • Demonstrates an ability to utilize effective communication, presentation, financial management, and analytical skills, exhibiting a record of self-initiative, strategic thinking, successful planning, and innovation.
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proficient in the use of spreadsheet and word-processing applications.
  • Ability to utilize distributor data for reviewing Division purchase trends.
  • Functional working knowledge of hospital pharmacy activities, P &T committee, and product management.
  • Ability to create enthusiasm for new programs and innovative approaches to existing programs.
  • Demonstrate quality improvement competencies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with health care executives, providers, and administrators.
  • Ability to travel at least 50%, as business needs dictate. Full-time. No Weekends.