Leadership Profile - Elise Wozniak

February 21, 2017

Elise Wozniak

Pharmacy Practice Coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

What is your current leadership position in ICHP?
ICHP Northern Region Director-elect

What benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?
Broadening perspectives by getting to know other practice sites and practitioners throughout the state.

What initially motivated you to get involved in ICHP?
Honestly, a mentor of mine encouraged me to get involved initially. But now that I have gotten to know about all the available programs and committees, it is easy to stay involved.

Where did you go to pharmacy school?
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Where have you trained or worked?
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH). I am homegrown! I both trained at NMH and stayed on afterwards in a few different roles now.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.
I currently oversee inpatient pharmacy operations for the two central pharmacies at NMH. In addition, I oversee automation including automated dispensing cabinets and carousels.

What advice would you give to student pharmacists?
Think about the things you like to do in your daily work life and try and incorporate that into the position you choose. For example, I like to solve operational problems, so I decided to change paths in my career and go into pharmacy operations.

What pharmacy related issues keep you up at night?
Management of controlled substances! Like it or not, this is a huge issue and every institution needs to have a program in order to adequately manage controlled substances throughout the entire process from procurement to administration.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
This past summer I made a bet with my father-in-law that I would golf 10 times. So this is a new hobby for me. I also occasionally run, albeit very slowly.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?
Anything delicious. I’ve been told I eat like an insect…constantly and above my weight class.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
I love beach vacations! Anywhere with warm weather and free time is my favorite way to relax.

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?
I’ve run 2 marathons, my front teeth do not touch, and I’ve killed every plant I’ve tried to keep.

What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?

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