Host Site: Allina Health - West Metro Region
NMS Match Code: 111238
Program Length: 1 year
No. of Positions: 1 per year
Site Coordinator: Mckaya Kastner, PharmD, BCPS
Additional Preceptor: Matt Kresl, PharmD, BCPS
Resident: Meet the current resident
Allina Health is a not-for-profit health care system that cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 61 clinics, 13 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, 23 hospital based clinics, and 49 rehabilitation locations. We provide services in the Twin Cities metro area and various greater Minnesota and Wisconsin locations. In 2012 Allina Health was selected as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization by the Center for Medicare Services.
Allina Health Care Management
Allina currently has eight metro pharmacists providing clinical pharmacy services to patients. These pharmacists see patients in 20 clinic locations and work under a robust Collaborative Practice Agreement in coordination with providers. Allina pharmacists are an integral part of Care Management, an interdisciplinary team of professionals including registered nurses, licensed social workers and non-clinical care guides. The team’s focus is to improve transitions of care and reduce hospital readmissions.
The majority of the resident’s time will focus on direct patient care. They will be providing comprehensive medication reviews, documenting recommendations, communicating with providers, and following up to ensure problems are resolved. These visits take place in clinic, over the phone, or in the patient’s home. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary care as the resident will be interacting with others on the care management team, and may conduct co-visits with some of these professionals. As the year progresses the resident will have more opportunity to work with minimal supervision.
The resident will work closely with their preceptor(s) with regular opportunities to review patients and ask questions. Other opportunities include journal clubs, addressing drug information questions, participating in care management and provider meetings, and completing a residency research project. The resident will also participate in Academic Days and Residency Seminars and have the opportunity to teach through the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy.
Mckaya Kastner, PharmD, BCPS is 2013 graduate of North Dakota State University. After graduation, she completed an ambulatory care residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana. Mckaya is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and has been a pharmacist practitioner with Allina Health since 2015. Her interests include transitions of care, medication adherence and process improvement. Mckaya sees patients at the Plymouth, Richfield and Nicollet Mall clinics, and completes home visits in Minneapolis and the surrounding west metro region.
Matt Kresl, PharmD, BCPS has worked with Allina Health since 2004. He graduated with his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in 2005. He then worked as an acute care clinical pharmacist and manager at Abbott Northwestern from 2005-2015. He sees patients at the Allina E. Lake St., Bloomington, and Shakopee clinics for patients in the west and south metro region.