Leadership and Management - Saint Luke's Hospital APPE

The Saint Luke’s Hospital Pharmacy Leadership and Management Rotation is designed to allow the Doctor of Pharmacy Student to acquire the first-hand experience in pharmacy practice's managerial and administrative aspects.

Throughout the rotation, the student will gain exposure to and an understanding of the responsibilities of pharmacy administration within a complex integrated health care system. This includes financial management, personnel management, performance improvement and quality assurance, pharmacy operations, planning and project management, clinical pharmacy services and program development, and interdisciplinary collaboration, communication, and teamwork.

The student will work with the various members of the Pharmacy Leadership Team. Their scopes and roles vary from department-specific leadership and personnel management (Inpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager, Residency Program Director) to system pharmacy leadership (Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Coordinator).

Potential Topics/Activities

  • Attend and participate in departmental and enterprise-wide meetings
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams on patient care initiatives
  • Participate in quality improvement and medication safety activities
  • Participate in the therapeutic review process, adverse drug reaction reporting, and drug utilization evaluation process
  • Develop mechanisms for predicting and measuring the costs and benefits associated with both new and existing services
  • Establish, develop, and/or refine an efficient system of drug distribution
  • Supervise and evaluate job performance of personnel
  • Develop strategies to increase teamwork and empower employees



Jeff Little PharmD, MPH, BCPS, FACHE, FASHP
  • School of pharmacy: University of Kansas
  • Residency training: PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration—University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Specialty interests: Pharmacy Administration
  • Health system, hospital, pharmacy, and residency committee involvement: Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee; 340B Steering Committee; Performance Improvement Steering Committee; Residency Advisory Council
  • Professional involvement: Chair-Elect, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders; Past Chair, ASHP Council of Public Policy; Past President, Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP)
  • Pharmacy awards, accolades: 2020 Pharmacist of the Year, KCHP; 2019 Fellow, ASHP; 2016 Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); 2013 ASHP New Practitioner Forum Distinguished Service Award
Mark Woods, PharmD, FASHP, BCPS, FKCHP
  • School of pharmacy: University of Kansas; University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Residency training: Clinical Pharmacy University of California-San Francisco
  • Specialty interests: Drug Use Policy, General Medicine, Leadership, Residency/Student Training
  • Health system, hospital, pharmacy, and residency committee involvement: Co-coordinator, Saint Luke’s Health System Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; Member of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesia Evidence-Based Practice Teams; Member, System Pharmacy Education Team Member; Residency Advisory Committee
  • Professional involvement: Past President, Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); Surveyor, ASHP’s International Health System Pharmacy Accreditation
  • Pharmacy awards, accolades: 1991 Godwin Lecture Award, 1994 KCHP Hospital Pharmacist of the Year, 1999 MSHP Hospital Pharmacist-of-the-Year, 2004 Garrison Lecture Award, 2015 KCHP Legacy Award, 2016 FDA Service Award
Scott Aldridge PharmD, BCPS
  • School of pharmacy: University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Residency training: PGY1—Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
  • Specialty interests: Practice Management, Critical Care
  • Health system, hospital, pharmacy, and residency committee involvement: Residency Advisory Committee, Research Oversight Committee, System Pharmacy Clinical User Group, Critical Care Evidence Based Practice Team, SLH Research Day Committee, SLH Hospital Leadership Group
  • Professional involvement: American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Pharmacy awards, accolades: 2006 Saint Luke’s Hospital Preceptor of the Year, 2011 Saint Luke’s Hospital Residents Recognition Award, 2016 Saint Luke’s Hospital Program Director’s Award of Merit
Brian Kempin PharmD, MS
  • School of pharmacy: University of Kansas
  • Residency training: PGY1 / PGY2—Health System Pharmacy Administration, University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville