With approximately 65,000 admissions per year and 10,000 average daily population, the NYC jail system is among the largest in the nation. The Division of Correctional Health Services (CHS) of New York City Health + Hospitals (H + H) is responsible for the delivery of medical care, mental health care and discharge planning in the jail system. CHS is a national leader in the delivery of healthcare to the criminal-justice involved population and aspires to the highest standards of care, with the goal of meeting or exceeding what is available in the community. CHS care includes a comprehensive history and physical at the point of admission, robust screening efforts (HIV, hepatitis C, STDs, TB, etc.) and the management of chronic and acute illness. CHS views incarceration as a crucial opportunity to provide care to an underserved population and improve the population health of the communities to which our patients return. CHS is committed to continuously improving the delivery of care in the security setting, using the system-wide Electronic Health Record as a tool to promote patient safety and population health. CHS has contributed to the literature on medical care in the jail as well as public health concerns related to incarceration and seeks to build on a reputation as a national leader, now integrated into the larger H + H care delivery network. CHS seeks to promote an academic practice environment with ample opportunities for continuous education, clear pathways for career growth and engagement of front line staff in the ongoing process of improving clinical care.
The pharmacy is located in 9 facilities on Rikers Island located within minutes of LaGuardia Airport, one in Manhattan’s Chinatown area, one in downtown Brooklyn and one in the Hunt’s Point area of the Bronx.
Our pharmacy department is open seven days a week 24 hours a day. Our pharmacy department works with our medical, mental health and nursing staff to provide our patients with pharmacy services while they are with us and when they are being discharged.
The pharmacy is fully computerized (Ascend). We utilize the Pyxis system at each of our clinics. We are currently embarking on a computerized inventory system.
The Pharmacy Technician performs all technical tasks in the unit dose, carry and out-patient drug distribution systems as well as other related duties of a satellite pharmacy. The Registered Pharmacist approves all work performed by the Pharmacy Technician.
Position is 22.5 to 30 hours per week with weekend work required. Must be able to work rotating schedules, evenings and weekends. Travel to Rikers Island, Manhattan’s Chinatown, Downtown Brooklyn and Hunt’s Point area of the Bronx are required.
Principally classified as medium duty work with frequent travel/walking between facilities. Frequent lifting of up to 20 pounds. Will be required to help push and/or pull medication carts weighing up to 300 lbs down long hallways and lift up to 35 pounds when needed.
Must be a certified pharmacy technician (PTCB) with high school diploma or GED.
Frequent walking (sometimes long distances), standing for long periods of time and sitting. When filling patient cassettes there is constant reaching, bending and twisting. Must have adequate range of motion with both hands. Must be able to reach forward and overhead. Must have manual dexterity to use computer keyboard, mouse and handheld scanner. Must be able to read labels and reports. Must be able to hear.
Some related experience preferred.