Host Site: Allina Health - East Metro Region
NMS Match Code: 111238
Program Length: 1 year
No. of Positions: 1 per year
Site Coordinator: Jill Konstantinides, PharmD, BCACP
Additional Preceptor: Mckaya Kastner, PharmD, BCPS; Matt Kresl, PharmD, BCPS
Resident: Meet the current resident(s)
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, through a virtual platform, 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.
Jill Konstantinides, PharmD, BCACP graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with an Ambulatory Care Focus and a PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Residency both at Hennepin Healthcare. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular health, diabetes management, and transitions of care. Jill has been a pharmacist practitioner with Allina Health since 2018. She sees patients at the Shoreview and Bandana Square clinics, as well as does home visits in the north metro region. Jill enjoys the interdisciplinary team approach to care at Allina Health, as well as the focus on population health and care management.
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.
Mckaya Kastner, PharmD, MBA, 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 was a pharmacist practitioner with Allina Health for six years. She received her MBA in 2020 and is currently the Director of Pharmacy and Population Health for the Allina Health Group.