PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Program Overview

Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center is a 425 bed, Level II trauma center located in Lima, Ohio.  As a part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, a Catholic healthcare system, our mission is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and brings good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved.  St. Rita’s has been recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2017 by Modern Healthcare Magazine. The pharmacy department utilizes a layered learning model with pharmacy students from Ohio Northern University and The University of Findlay. 

Pharmacists at St. Rita’s Medical Center collaborate closely with the healthcare team (physicians, nursing, case managers, social workers, etc) to ensure positive patient outcomes.  Our pharmacists are extensively involved in expansion, implementation, and delivery of quality care to both inpatients and outpatients, offering services such as pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring, anticoagulation and total parenteral nutrition ordering and monitoring, core measure compliance, antimicrobial stewardship, medication reconciliation, patient counseling and transitions of care.  Pharmacists also participate in a variety of committees: P&T, Medication Safety, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infection Control and Order Set Review, to name a few.   

The medical center continually strives to ensure all residents of West Central Ohio have access to advanced medical technology and compassionate, quality care. The pharmacy department technology includes: Omnicell Robot Rx and Omnicell XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets, EPIC (electronic medical record) including prescriber order entry and barcoding, Alaris CareFusion smart pump technology and Lexi-Comp online drug information resource.


PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

Accreditation status:  ASHP Accredited 2006