PATERSON, NJ [April 18, 2011] - St. Joseph's Healthcare System is pleased to announce Mitch G. Sobel, R.Ph., M.A.S., Director of Pharmacy Services, St. Joseph's Healthcare System (resident of Oradell), as the recipient of the 2011 Gregory A. Santora Pharmacy Leadership Award from the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP). The award is presented to a staff pharmacist who performs above and beyond their normal responsibilities and embodies the core values and concepts of leadership, strategic planning, and patient focused pharmaceutical care, among other qualities.
Mitch has been a member of the St. Joseph's family for the past four years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He later went on to receive his Masters in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He participated in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Residency program as well as the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Institute 2007.
As part of his role as Director of Pharmacy Services, Mitch has helped with the implementation of the ASHP Pharmacy Residency Program at St. Joseph's; Clinical Pharmacy Specialists; Unit Based Pharmacists; and Pyxis Technology. He has also played a significant role in substantial Clinical Intervention savings of over $1.4 million per year, and the reduction of on hand inventory by $1 million per year.
In addition to his many roles and responsibilities throughout the Healthcare System, Mitch has lent his expertise to a variety of state-wide organizations such as the New Jersey Task Force on Health Care Professional Responsibility and Reporting, to which he was appointed by former NJ Governor Jon Corzine; Rutgers University Earnest Mario School of Pharmacy and the University of the Sciences at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Adjunct Professor; Montclair State University Sports Institute, as an annual guest instructor speaking to students on sports medicine and pharmacology; and the New Jersey Pharmacy Leadership Group, of which he is a founding member.
Over the years, Mitch has also served as President and as Director of Organizational Affairs for the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists, as well as President of the North Chapter of NJSHP. He is currently President Elect of the Society and will serve as President for a second time starting in June 2011. He was also recently approved as a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.