Medical Education

 Curt Passafume Jr.
Curt Passafume Jr., MBA, RPh 
System Vice President for OhioHealth Pharmacy Services, HSA Residency Program Director
Health System Finance/Budgeting, Health System Service Line Leadership Strategy, Professional Practice Management and Development, Topics in Health Systems Leadership

Over a 35 year career that began with his graduation from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences along with obtaining an MBA in Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Curt has focused his practice in the areas of fiscal management, professional development and strategic planning. As the RPD for the OhioHealth HSA programs his goal is to incorporate the lessons learned over time from both his personal experiences, as well as those of the program leaders and preceptors, into actionable learning for the residents graduating these programs. His professional roles at a number of Fortune 100 organizations have included development manager, regional operations director, multi-site inpatient director and now the chief pharmacy officer for OhioHealth. In these challenging leadership roles, as well as in his early career local professional roles, it has been an important goal to bring solid application and execution to concepts of a more academic and learning environment. Successfully combining the long standing layered learning of the OhioHealth programs with successful leadership strategies remains his focus for not only his specific rotations but for the residency programs overall. “I first need to honor the long standing history of our programs (50+ years for Grant and 40+ years for Riverside) and then incorporate the forward thinking and organizational success of OhioHealth to provide a training experience that continually provides a positive value proposition. This is not simply to our residency graduates but more importantly for those future practice sites where they are able to efficiently execute on that experience. Residency is about preparation and I want our programs to prepare clinically sound and leadership ready graduates. It is the combination of both elements that set the tone for their future success.”

Originally from Northwest Indiana, Curt is now fully settled in the Columbus area and he and his wife Jody are enjoying all the excitement this area of the country has to offer. With their children (daughter Maegan and son Nathan) now grown and cultivating careers of their own it is nice to be able to once again focus on new discoveries in an area that offers many of the enjoyments they share together. Welcome to Columbus and the OhioHealth family. There is much life and learning to enjoy — even in the midst of the rigors of residency.

Amy Beatty
Amy Beatty, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Director
Rotation: Medication Use and Process Improvement

Amy earned her PharmD from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, in 2003. She completed PGY1 residency at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in 2004. Amy joined the clinical pharmacy team at that time participating in critical care, cardiology, medicine, heart failure clinic and the residency program, to name a few. She became the clinical coordinator in 2005 and was responsible for coordinating the P&T activities, as well as clinical service line initiatives. In 2006, Amy transferred to OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to establish a new critical care clinical pharmacist position. She worked within that position for five years before being promoted to site manager for that campus. Amy was responsible for operations at the Doctors Hospital pharmacy for two years before moving into the clinical director role at the OhioHealth System level. Amy is an advocate for pharmacists as the medication expert facilitating safe and effective medication use for all patients. Her diverse background will provide a valuable resource as a preceptor for residents pursuing clinical, operational and leadership experience for their future careers.

 Bob Hammond
Bob Hammond, RPh, MS 

Automation/Operations Coordinator

Rotations: Information Systems Management 

Mr. Hammond grew up in McConnelsville, Ohio, attended Marietta College and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy with a B.S. degree in 1972. He completed his Master of Science at The Ohio State University in 1987 with emphasis on Computer Science and Management. Mr. Hammond has been a member of APhA, OSPA, ASHP, OSHP and COSHP since 1972.

He served our country for 29 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Four years were spent on active duty including activation during Desert Storm 1. He retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel with his final assignment as Commander of the 914th US Army Combat Support Hospital (HUS). Mr. Hammond started his career at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1969 as a technician, then pharmacy intern in 1970, staff pharmacist in 1976, and manager in 1978. He was selected the central Ohio Pharmacy Manager of the year in 1998. During his tenure at Riverside Methodist Hospital, he has been involved in human resource management, supported the changing environment of information technology in a variety of endeavors and capacities, while implementing four Pharmacy Information systems and serving as the national SIG chair of two user groups. in his operations manager role, Mr. Hammond had oversight of central and decentralized distribution activities including robotic, bar code technologies, wireless handheld automation activities and billing/auditing of IVs and medications.

In 2011, Mr. Hammond moved into the OhioHealth pharmacy services automation/operations coordinator position where he has continued to utilize and share his knowledge and experiences across all OhioHealth pharmacies. He regularly counsels with pharmacy residents desiring exposure to informatics topics and assists with research data design and collection.

 Kelly Besco Kelly Besco, PharmD, FISMP, CPPS

Medication Safety Coordinator

Kelly Besco is the medication safety coordinator for OhioHealth. In her current position, Dr. Besco oversees performance improvement and medication safety initiatives for the OhioHealth pharmacy service line. She also serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Institute for Safe Medication Practice’s Medication Safety Alert! Newsletter, is a proactive risk consultant for ISMP and a member of ISMP’s Medication Safety Intensive Faculty.

Dr. Besco earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University. She completed an ASHP accredited residency in Pharmacy Practice with emphasis in Medication Safety at Riverside Methodist Hospital and ISMP’s Safe Medication Management Fellowship.

Dr. Besco facilitated the development of OhioHealth’s collaborative model for drug shortage management. This model was recognized as a best practice with a 2011 Cheers Award for setting a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events. In 2012, Dr. Besco was honored by the Ohio Society of Health - System Pharmacists with their annual Medication Safety Award to recognize her individual contributions to advancing medication safety.

 Sarah Persinger Sarah Persinger, PharmD, Esq.

Regulatory and Compliance Coordinator

Rotations: Regulatory/Compliance

Dr. Persinger graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2002 with a PharmD degree, and from Capital University Law School in 2008 with a JD. She currently serves as the primary preceptor for the regulatory/compliance rotation. As regulatory and compliance coordinator, she assures that the system pharmacies and pharmacists are compliant with applicable state and federal regulations and serves as a liaison with the Offices of General Counsel and Compliance and various regulatory bodies. She also teaches courses to pharmacy business students at Ohio Northern in the areas of pharmaceutical regulation and healthcare finance. As a preceptor, Dr. Persinger tries to expose residents to topics and issues they were previously unfamiliar with, and to convey her thought process when addressing complex issues related to compliance with regulations. Outside of work she loves travelling, scuba diving, cooking, reading, and gardening.

 Tara Hanuscak
Tara L. Hanuscak, PharmD, MS 

Business Director

Rotations: Health System Finance/Budgeting, Business Management

Tara received her BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, PharmD, and MS Health- System Pharmacy Administration degrees from The Ohio State University. She has held various roles at OhioHealth, initially as an intern at Riverside Methodist Hospital where she later pursued the pharmacy administration residency program and upon completion was hired as the pharmacy business manager. In her current role as business director, she leads a team of analysts, coordinators and a project manager to support procurement, contracting, automation/technology, budget, revenue cycle and data management needs across OhioHealth’s pharmacy service line.

In the summer, she enjoys traveling to Michigan with her husband Mike and three boys to reconnect with extended family for a week at Bass Lake. When the fall rolls around, she is an avid college football fan.

 Michele HolleyMichele Holley, MS, PharmD 

Regional Pharmacy Director

Rotations: Regional Leadership

After completion of her residency program and Master’s Degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration in 2008, Dr. Holley returned to OhioHealth in 2010 as site manager at Riverside Methodist Hospital. In 2013, she accepted a new role as the first regional director for pharmacy services — a position created to align OhioHealth pharmacy services and support regional integration of new system members. Michele serves as the director of pharmacy for Marion General, Grady Memorial, and Hardin Memorial Hospitals. Her role also assists our newest member hospitals,MedCentral Hospitals, and O’Bleness with their new system roles including formulary alignment, policy standardization, contract optimization, and regulatory/compliance assurance. Michele and her teams have worked to ensure safety standards across the system, including adoption of remote order verification for all campuses without 24-hour pharmacy coverage. Expansion of advancement opportunities including a Pharmacist Career Advancement Program (PCAP), lead technician positions, and technician area specialist positions have also been adopted at many of the regional campuses. New sites are also moving toward a common automated distributive cabinet and standardizing practices in preparation for our CareConnect (CPOE) system that is just around the corner. OhioHealth is embarking on its first Discharge Pharmacy at Marion General to provide prescription services to patients before leaving our system — another opportunity for pharmacy to lead the way in the improvement of our transitions of care.

Michele enjoys spending time with her husband, Franklin, and her nieces and nephews. The family has recently purchased a camper to continue their outdoor adventures. Michele and her husband also have a rental home company, and spend most weekends in the fall either supporting their hometown high school football team or cheering on the West Virginia Mountaineers!

Gretchen Roeger
Gretchen Roeger, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Coordinator
Rotation: Medication Use and Process Improvement

Gretchen is the clinical coordinator for OhioHealth Pharmacy Services. In her role, she oversees medication use and process improvement activities, formulary management and technology related to medication utilization. Gretchen earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University. She completed an ASHP accredited residency in pharmacy practice at Mount Carmel Medical Center and served in a clinical pharmacist role at Grady Memorial Hospital prior to transitioning to clinical coordinator.

 Scott Tekancic
Scott H. Tekancic, RPh. 

Director, Ambulatory Pharmacy Services

Rotations: Ambulatory Pharmacy Services

Scott Tekancic is a highly successful pharmacy operations executive with ten years of progressive industry experience in leading multi-unit pharmacy operations, including retail, mail order, outpatient ambulatory, infusion, and long-term care pharmacy operations. Currently, Scott is director of ambulatory pharmacy services, within OhioHealth pharmacy services, focusing on continuums and transition of patient care through outpatient, medication therapy management, infusion, and emergency service pharmacies. Prior to this position, Scott was vice president
of retail and ambulatory pharmacy services at McClaren Homecare Group, located in Michigan. For eight years previous, he directed multi-unit retail pharmacy operations at CVS/ Caremark in Columbus, Ohio.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University, and is a licensed pharmacist in the state of Ohio. He currently resides in Dublin, Ohio with his wife and two children.

Peg Huwer
Peg Huwer, PharmD

Director of Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, PGY1 Residency Program Director
Rotations: Administration and Leadership

Dr. Huwer is the director for Riverside Methodist and Dublin Methodist hospitals. She received a B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and PharmD from The Ohio State University. She also completed a Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of ASHP’s House of Delegates and was chair of the Quality and Compliance SAG. Peg has served as president and director of Educational Affairs of OSHP and president of COSHP. She is a past recipient of the OSHP Pharmacist of the Year and Timothy D. Moore Pharmacy Management awards and COSHP Pharmacist and Manager of the Year awards. She is currently a member of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

Dr. Huwer believes that "Riverside’s preceptors are truly dedicated to developing high-functioning clinical practitioners. I also place a strong emphasis on professional involvement with our residents. We are fortunate to be a part of this profession and being active in our organizations is one way to give back for the privilege we have earned to practice pharmacy."

Meggan Owens
Meggan Owens, PharmD

Operations Manager of Clinical Services, PGY1 Residency Co-Coordinator
Rotation: Clinical Management

In her 12 year career at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dr. Owens has had a variety of roles. Upon graduation from Ohio Northern University in 2001, she embarked on her first position at Riverside Methodist as a pharmacy practice resident. She was then hired as a second shift staff pharmacist, and then moved to first shift to cover numerous clinical areas, including our three critical care units and the outpatient heart failure/warfarin clinics. In 2004, Dr. Owens had the opportunity to become Riverside Methodist's first full-time medication safety pharmacist. She transitioned into a clinical coordinator role and two years ago into her current position. Although each position offered its own unique challenges, one variable remained true. She really enjoys working for a progressive, innovative and forward thinking company that places high importance on not only the patients we serve but the employees who work for it.

While originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Owens and her husband settled in Columbus where they are raising their three boys, Tyler, Ben and Jack. Any available free time is spent with her family.

Tara Fisher
Tara Fisher, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist, PGY1 Residency Co-Coordinator
Infectious Disease, Critical Care

Dr. Fisher graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a PharmD degree and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital from 2006 to 2007.

She currently serves as residency co-coordinator and as the primary pharmacy preceptor for the Infectious Disease rotation. As a clinical pharmacist, she primarily works in critical care. As a preceptor, Dr. Fisher tries to facilitate autonomy to allow the resident to become a successful and confident independent practitioner. Dr. Fisher expands her role by actively participating in both the corporate Ohio Health and Riverside Methodist Antimicrobial Stewardship subcommittees and the Pneumonia Readmissions Work Team.

Lorrie Burns
Lorrie Burns, PharmD

Medication Safety Pharmacist

Dr. Burns graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1980 and completed her PharmD at The Ohio State University in 2003. She served as clinical pharmacist for the award-winning neuroscience team for 23 years and assisted in its attainment of Ohio's first Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2004. She was honored with an individual citation by the chief executive of Riverside Methodist in 2008 for her development of the health system organ donation order set.

In her role as medication safety pharmacist, Lorrie evaluates and trends medication errors, develops risk and error mitigation strategies, and assists the management team in implementation and evaluation of safety processes. She actively participates on the Medication Management Committee, Lateral Integration Safety Team and the OhioHealth Safety Committee. She co-authored a manuscript detailing the strategies of the OhioHealth pharmacies for managing drug shortages, which led to an ISMP Cheers Award in 2011. The medication safety rotation is unique and designed to expose residents to the many facets of patient safety.

Pamela Buschur
Pamela Buschur, PharmD, BCPS

Neuro Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
Neuro Critical Care

Dr. Buschur graduated from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2005. She then went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center in 2006 and a PGY2 critical care residency at Cleveland Clinic in 2007. She worked for a year at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a unit-based clinical pharmacist in the Neurointensive Care Unit before starting at Riverside Methodist in 2008.

Dr. Buschur currently works as the Neuro Critical Care clinical pharmacist at Riverside Methodist and serves as the pharmacy representative for the Neuroscience Continuous Process Improvement Team and the Brain and Stroke Committee. Outside of work, Dr. Buschur enjoys running, swimming, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

 Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer Elliott, PharmD, BCPS


Pharmacy Site Manager
Rotation: Operations

In her 12 year career at OhioHealth, Dr. Elliott has had a variety of roles. She started her career as a pharmacy intern at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. Upon graduation from The Ohio State University in 2003, she was hired as a second shift staff pharmacist providing operational coverage as well as evening shift clinical support to the orthopedics and emergency services. In 2005, Dr. Elliott had the opportunity to become Grant Medical Center’s medication safety pharmacist. She added supervisor responsibilities to that role in 2007. Dr. Elliott gained significant operational and leadership skills through her tenure at Grant and was subsequently promoted to decentralized operations manager at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 2011 and then to site manager in 2013. Each position offered its own unique experiences and Dr. Elliott has built upon each new role to provide greater value and service to the staff and patients of OhioHealth. She enjoys working in an environment that promotes creative and innovative minds who are consistently willing to change to excel in the ever changing health care environment.

While originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Elliott and her husband settled in Columbus where they are raising their two children. In her free time she enjoys family activities and sporting events. She is currently an assistant coach for her son’s U5 soccer team and is a big fan of all the Columbus area sport teams.

Mark Friedman
Mark Friedman, PharmD

Cardiac Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
Cardiac Critical Care

Dr. Friedman graduated from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 1985. He then completed his PharmD at the University of Florida in 2002. He is currently the lead pharmacist for the cardiology team and serves as the clinical preceptor for the Critical Care Cardiology rotation. He has worked at Riverside Methodist Hospital for 26 years.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Friedman has enjoyed the opportunity to provide clinical pharmacy services to the Cardiac Critical care unit. Mark also serves as the pharmacy representative for the Cardiac Critical Care Unit Committee, the Surgical Heart Workteam Committee, the Surgical Process Improvement Team, the Cardiology Process Improvement Team and pharmacy liaison to the Interventional Radiology department.

Dr. Friedman was raised in Barberton, Ohio but takes great pride in being known as a "Great fan of the city of Cleveland." Outside of work he enjoys golfing, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with Sara, his wife of 25 years, and their three children Nicholas, Lindsay and Alex. Mark is a proud member of the Indian Run United Methodist in his hometown of Dublin, Ohio. 

Matt Haldiman
Matt Haldiman, PharmD BCPS

Operations Manager of Clinical Services
Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Clinical Management

Dr. Haldiman graduated with his PharmD from Ohio Northern University in 2009. Following graduation, he completed a one year pharmacy practice residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital. As a member of the leadership team, Dr. Haldiman actively participates in the OhioHealth System-Level Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, as well as leading these committees at the Riverside Methodist campus. Dr. Haldiman uses his experience as a clinical pharmacist to help him lead and continue to strengthen and grow the clinical pharmacy service line.

When he is not working, Dr. Haldiman enjoys traveling with his wife, playing with his english bulldog, fishing in his pond, and hiking.

Angela Harding
Angela Harding, PharmD

Critical Care Pharmacist, PGY2 Critical Care Residency Program Director
Critical Care

Dr. Harding completed an ASHP accredited critical care residency from Hamot Medical Center in 1995. With more than 20 years of experience at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Dr. Harding has been providing her expertise for our multidisciplinary critical care team. She actively works on the OhioHealth Critical Care Committee, Riverside Critical Care Work team and Riverside Investigational Review Board. Most recently, she has established an ASHP PGY 2 Critical Care residency to pass along her knowledge to the next generation of pharmacists.

 Laura Klein Laura Kline, PharmD, BCPS

Cardiology and Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist

Dr. Kline graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2005 with a PharmD degree. She went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in 2005–2006. Dr. Kline practices as the primary preceptor for the Cardiology rotation. She has worked at Riverside Methodist Hospital for 9 years. Outside of the cardiology department, Dr. Kline also works in emergency medicine. She is an active member of multiple muldisciplinary committees including Cardiothoracic and Vascular Clinical Guidance Council, Chest Pain Center Meeting, Heart CPIT, PE Committee and other ER work groups.

Dr. Kline grew up in Bellevue, Ohio but later moved to the Columbus area after completion of her residency. Outside of her professional practice she enjoys spending time with family, anything outdoors, being active and gardening.

 Tracey KingTracey A. King, PharmD, BCPS 

Lead Clinical Pharmacist
Emergency Medicine

Dr. King graduated from University of the Science in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2003. She then went on to complete her PYG1 pharmacy practice residency at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. She worked for Sentara Norfolk General as the Cardiac ICU clinical pharmacist for just over two years before relocating to Columbus, Ohio. In 2007 Dr. King came to Riverside Methodist Hospital to develop and lead the clinical pharmacy program in the Emergency Department.

Dr. King serves as the team lead for the ED, is involved in many committees representing pharmacy including but not limited to a multidisciplinary Emergency Medicine Continuous Process Improvement Team, multidisciplinary Trauma Continuous Process Improvement Team, multidisciplinary Brain and Stroke Committee and chair for the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Subcommittee.

Dr. King is currently pursuing her masters degree in toxicology through the University of Florida. Outside of work and school she enjoys time with her husband, two children and two dogs, training and competing in triathlons, running events as well as hiking, camping, sporting events and concerts.

Teresa Meier
Teresa Meier, PharmD, BCOP

Oncology Clinical Pharmacist

Upon completion of her ASHP accredited residency in 2008, Dr. Meier joined the Riverside Methodist team as one of our clinical pharmacists for oncology services. She has played an integral role in expanding pharmacy services at the OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center. Additionally, Teresa helped establish best practices across OhioHealth by actively participating in the OhioHealth Excellence in Oncology Committee. The team has worked on projects including standardizing chemotherapy regimen pre-printed orders and developing oncology resources for staff pharmacists. She serves as the hospital pharmacy representative on the Oncology Clinical Operation Council and the Riverside Tumor Board.

J. Erin Meilton
J. Erin Meilton, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist
Internal Medicine

Dr. Meilton received her PharmD from Ohio Northern University in 2007 and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital from 2007 to 2008. She is currently the lead pharmacist for the medicine team and coordinates the General Medicine rotation. As a preceptor, she engages her residents as independent practitioners to challenge them to develop critical thinking skills needed to assess complex patient situations. She has a unique position within Riverside Methodist that allows her to float through the Intensive Care units, the Emergency department and multiple general medicine units, which has helped her appreciate a patient's journey through the continuum of care.

Dr. Meilton is most passionate about infectious disease, especially HIV. She currently sits on the sedation and analgesia committee and antimicrobial subcommittee.

Dr. Meilton grew up in the Cleveland area, but moved to Columbus after college and currently lives in Worthington with her husband, Brian, and their Jack Russell terrier, Athena. Outside of work, she loves cooking, enology, traveling, and biking. 

 Tim Smith
Tim Smith, MS, BPh
Pharmacy Site Manager
Rotations: Operations, Quality & Regulatory, and Human Resources

Tim Smith is currently the Pharmacy Site Manager at Grant Medical Center. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he attended pharmacy school at the University of Toledo, graduating in 1985. His first job was at the Wade Park VA in Cleveland where he was the pharmacist assigned to the spinal cord injury ward and the psychiatric care ward. Next he worked at the Community Hospital of Bedford. Tim moved to Columbus in 1990 to pursue a pharmacy residency at Grant Medical Center and a Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy from the Ohio State University. Upon completing his residency in 1992 he became a manager at Grant. During his 22 years with the hospital, Tim has been involved with implementation of their first computer system, robotics, bar code technology, operational improvements, and enhancement of the medication safety program. Tim is currently the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 residency program.

Tim previously owned and operated Pharmacy Learning Centers, LLC, a vocational school focused on training individuals to become certified pharmacy technicians. Outside of work, Tim is married with four children. He is active with his church and teaches martial arts part time.

 Brad Peterson
Brad R. Petersen, PharmD, MS

Pharmacy Operations Manager
Pharmacy Residency Coordinator

Brad Petersen is currently the Pharmacy Operations Manager and PGY1/PGY2 Residency Coordinator at Grant Medical Center. He attended pharmacy school at Ohio Northern University and has received a Master’s Degree in Health- System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation from pharmacy school, Brad started as a pharmacist at Riverside Methodist Hospital. After working in the central pharmacy for a year, he completed the Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at Grant Medical Center. His first position following residency was the Medication Safety Pharmacist at Grant Medical Center as well as serving as the OhioHealth Pharmacy Services Education Liaison. Brad focuses on sterile, non-sterile, & hazardous compounding at Grant. He also oversees pharmacy services in perioperative areas and manages chemotherapy services for the Grant Medical Center Infusion Center. Outside of work, Brad likes to read, cook, and spend time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys road biking and on three separate occasions has completed Make-A-Wish Michigan’s Wish-A-Mile bike ride; riding 300 miles in three days to raise money to grant wishes. Upon hearing that a former Grant Resident has become a monorail driver at Walt Disney World in his retirement, Brad now strives to one day become Conductor for the Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios.

 Sara Day 

Sarah Day, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist
Rotations: Critical Care

Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Ohio Northern University where she graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2008. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2009. After her first year residency, she focused on inpatient staffing and clinical oncology coverage at University Hospital until matching with the PGY-2 Critical care Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Upon completion of her PGY-2 residency, Sarah took the position of Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist at Doctors Hospital and in 2011 she received Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist. In addition to practicing in her specialty area of critical care, Sarah is involved with many different committees and initiatives at both the hospital and system level including antimicrobial stewardship, code blue, nephrology, and emergency medicine. She is actively involved witht he pharmacy residency program at Grant Medical Center as well as local (COSHP) and state (OSHP) pharmacy organizations.

Outside of the pharmacy profession, Sarah has been riding horses since the age of 11 and has had her horse Millie, for 18 years. In addition to spending time with her horse, Sarah has a dog, Sophie, she rescued in 2012. She also enjoys cooking and traveling as well as volunteer work in the community. 

Natalie Gardner
Natalie Gardner, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Operations Manager
Clinical Management, Clinical Coordination

Natalie graduated from Purdue University with a BS Pharm in 1988 and a Pharm.D in 1998. She began her professional career with Community Hospitals of Indianapolis as an IV pharmacist and moved through several positions, including critical care satellite, staff development and clinical coordinator. She moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1996, providing clinical services for a small community hospital for four years. In 2000, she joined Grant Medical Center as a staff pharmacist and in 2007 became the clinical manager.

Natalie teaches the masters and PGY1 residents about managing the progressive clinical services provided in a large healthcare system. She helps them navigate taking clinical initiatives from concept to implementation. Several previous residents have secured positions as clinical coordinators or managers after graduation. Others have focused more on learning the clinician’s role in keeping a large system at the forefront of advanced practice. Natalie enjoys tailoring the experience to the resident’s goals and developing confidence in their project management and leadership skills.

Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist
General Medicine

Jay is originally from Sioux City, IA. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from Creighton University in 1980 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from creighton University in 1984. He completed a general residency from Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH in 1985. He was hired at Grant Medical Center Pharmacy following his residency and now has 27 years experience on the general medicine floor at grant. Currently, he is involved with patient care rounds on the General Medicine Unit and the Acute Care for the Elderly Unit. 

Jay's professional interests include infectious disease, therapeutic drug monitoring, and geriatric medicine. He is a proactive member of the health care team and loves the development and implementation of innovative programs to improve the health of those we serve. He is currently an active member of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program and the Orthopedic Continuous Process Improvement Team. He has served as a preceptor for Grant pharmacy residents, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy students since 1986 and Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy students since 2007.

Jay is married to an OR Pharmacist at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH. He has two children - his son is a junior at Miami University, Oxford, OH and his daughter is a freshman at University of Cincinnati. 

Michelle Meyer
D. Michelle Meyer, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacist
Nutrition and Pain Managment

Michelle hails from the great state of Iowa. She received her doctorate of pharmacy from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2002. Then she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Grant Medical Center in 2003. She had such a great time at Grant that she joined the staff.

Michelle has been serving as the primary pharmacist for pain management and nutrition support teams since 2004. She also shapes pharmacy practice at OhioHealth by serving on groups including the GMC Pain Committee, the Women's Health Continuous Process Improvement Team and the OhioHealth Opioid Safety Team.

Michelle missed her true calling of becoming a Disney princess, but enjoys pharmacy and the dynamic environment and innovation it provides. She is the pharmacist most likely to burst into song during your rotation. Singing along is acceptable (and encouraged).

David Robinson
David Robinson, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

David graduated from The Ohio State University with his B.S. in pharmacy in 1994. He completed a one-year residency in internal medicine at Doctors North Hospital. In 1997, he graduated from The Ohio State University with his PharmD.

Dr. Robinson started at Grant Medical Center in 1997, covering the outpatient anticoagulation clinic and trauma service. Currently, he works on the trauma floor, as well as the intermediate care area. He precepts pharmacy students and residents. He provides numerous lectures to the trauma medical residents and the trauma nurse practitioners. In 2006, he won the Prism Award for Stewardship. In 2013, he obtained Board certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist. David serves on the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, the residency Advisory Committee, the Trauma Continuous Process Improvement Team and the OhioHealth Anticoagulation Advisory Committee. In his free time, David loves to run and travel. He also plays french Horn in a small community band. 

Robert Rockwood
Robert Rockwood, PharmD, BCPS

Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist
Critical Care

Robert graduated with B.S. chemistry from Mount Union College 1980. he obtained his B.S in Pharmacy in 1983 from University of Cincinnati, and his post graduate PharmD 1985 from University of Cincinnati. He completed a two year hospital pharmacy residency 1983 to 1985 with the Veterans Administration Medical Center Cincinnati (ASHP accredited). Following residency, Robert was an Assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Northeast Louisiana University School of Pharmacy for a year. Since 1986, Robert has worked at Grant where he started as critical care coordinator. His daily clinical work at Grant includes surgical/trauma and pulmonary critical care rounds. He serves as the critical care preceptor for fourth year students from Ohio Northern University and The Ohio State University Colleges of Pharmacy. He has also been an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy since 1986. He precepts all pharmacy residents in their critical care core rotation. Robert is involved with Grant Medical Center Critical care process improvement team and central Ohio Critical Care Team. He is an active member of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee and Residency Advisory Committee. 

Robert enjoys volunteers at Faith Mission Medical Clinic once a month and traveling to Honduras once a year with a medical team providing medical/dental assistance through a church mission. He is currently studying Spanish to enable his service to Spanish speaking people here at home and abroad.

Jena Whitcomb-Williams

Jena Whitcomb-Williams, PharmD, BCPS 

Clinical Pharmacist

Jena graduated from The Ohio State University with her PharmD in 2007. She worked as a community pharmacist for Walgreens from 2007 to 2012 before joining Grant Medical Center in 2011 as a night shift pharmacist. In 2013, she transitioned to clinical pharmacist in the Emergency Department while also obtaining her BCPS certification. Currently she precepts residents in a longitudinal Hospital Pharmacy Practice rotation, where she oversees the residents' decentralized weekend learning experience. She is also involved in pharmacist scheduling and precepting IPPE and APPE students. Her clinical interests include toxiciology, critical care, and antibiotic management. Jena is the mother of 2 sets of twins (Addison, Ashton, Jackson, and Justin) ages 4 and 5. She enjoys sports, running, and spending time with family.