3 days ago


Queens, NY


Physician Affiliate Group of New York (PAGNY) is comprised of nearly 3,000 physicians and healthcare professionals who provide services to NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the largest public health system in the United States. Our practitioners are highly skilled professionals with outstanding credentials who deliver the highest level of quality healthcare to patients throughout New York City. EOE M/F/D/V


Besides providing administrative and human resources services, PAGNY also fosters an environment in its partner hospitals that allows healthcare professionals to identify and implement best practices across institutions; promote training, academic and research opportunities; develop multidisciplinary integrated clinical service lines; build new systems of care; and address the impact of anticipated major changes in the nation's healthcare system.



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 Assistant is responsible for maintenance of the on-island storeroom and the processing and the packaging of bulk pharmaceuticals into unit dose. All re-packaging activities are performed under the direction of a Registered Pharmacist.


 Sets up and operates liquid and solid unit dose repackaging machines. Responsible for the proper maintenance and cleanliness of the machine at the end of each run.
 Repackages bulk oral solids and bulk oral liquids into unit-dose packages individually sealed and labeled according to procedure. Has full operating knowledge of the unit-dose solid and liquid packaging machines including the semi-automatic Cornwall syringe.
 Cleans packaging machines after each run and cleans work area daily.
 Ensures proper functioning of packaging machines through routine maintenance (i.e. oiling, cleaning, replacing worn parts, etc.) Informs packaging manager whenever a machine malfunctions.
 Maintains proper record keeping and quality control/assurance procedures as outlined in the Packaging Policy.
 Packages oral U/D solids in specific amounts into plastic zip-lock bags for the carry system.
 Receives shipments from warehouse, wholesalers and other vendors. Reconciles packing slip or invoice against items received. Notifies packaging manager of any discrepancies. Puts away orders upon receipt, appropriately rotating stock as required.
 Helps maintain proper documentation of items received and sent out. Inputs this data either manually or by using a scanner into the computer when required.
 Maintains perpetual inventory records for HIV, Hep. C and other selected medications.
 Fills orders for satellite pharmacies that are submitted through IDwhere and prepares them for delivery. Properly documents their removal from the storeroom.
 Answers the phone. Takes accurate verbal orders for daily drug orders for items if IDwhere is down or if pharmacies need to know drug availability or other information.
 Prepares daily and weekly packaging stock order by utilizing par levels and building usage patterns for review by the pharmacist. Enters order into IDWhere and transmits on both a daily and weekly basis to Central Medical Supply.
 Informs packaging pharmacist or supervisor when storeroom drug items are in low supply and require reordering. Notifies building pharmacist and packaging supervisor when requested items are unable to be supplied.
 Rotates stock and assures the proper removal of outdated items.
 Sorts, counts, prepares outdated drug manifest and packs up outdated medications for return to Central Medical Supply for submission to a reverse distributor.
 Performs job responsibilities in a manner that promotes efficient use of resources.
 Can check for expired medications in Pyxis.
 Performs inventory counts when requested.
 Performs related duties as required.

Interpersonal Skills:

 Assists other associates both within and outside the department when needed.
 Is responsible and cooperative with supervisors, fellow associates, patients, visitors, Correctional Health Services staff and Department of Correction personnel.
 Maintains friendly working atmosphere.
 Maintains professional attitude.
 Maintains professional appearance and adheres to dress guidelines.
 Utilizes, established channels of communication.
 Recognizes, accepts, and respects people as individuals.

Contact (Patient and Public):

Routine contact with other Health and Hospital and PAGNY employees, particularly pharmacy, materials management and central medical supply, the Department of Correction, inmates, and outside agency personnel including repairmen.


Working Conditions:


Pharmacy and clinic/infirmary areas located in a jail setting. Frequent walking (sometimes long distances), standing, sitting, reaching and bending. Travel between all facilities on Rikers Island, and all borough houses is required. Temperature control and ventilation is highly variable throughout the jail campus.

Physical Requirements:


Principally classified as heavy duty work. Must be able to climb ladders to reach items stored up high and lift up to 40 pounds. May be required to help push and/or pull medication carts weighing up to 300 lbs.

Frequent walking, standing for long periods of time and sitting. When filing stock requests, 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.


 High school or equivalency diploma
 Knowledge of brand/generic names.
 Ability to read, write speak and understand English
 Able to use email, scanners, copiers and fax machines.