Grow in a collaborative environment as part of Northwell’s Vivo Pharmacy team.
At Northwell Health, our team members know a career in pharmacy means having the support to grow and make an impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities. Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy provides specialized pharmacy services for our patients, and our Vivo pharmacy team members, like Talha, Tara and Sophia, share what makes their pharmacy career meaningful at Northwell Health.
Talha Akhtar, PharmD, CSP, Supervisor, Mail Order Pharmacy
Talha was always attracted to the values, commitments and educational support Northwell offers. Spending 15 years in the retail pharmacy industry, he had colleagues and peers that worked for Northwell who told him about how wonderful the environment was – so he knew he wanted to see it for himself. After joining Northwell in 2020 as a staff pharmacist with Vivo Health Pharmacy, Talha quickly recognized that this was a place he could grow his Truly Ambitious career.
Talha was promoted to supervising pharmacist at Vivo Mail Order in 2022 and now holds a pharmacist license in 20 states, so he can give approval for the pharmacy to get licensed and ship medications to multiple states. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Strategic Healthcare Management at Hofstra University and is benefitting from Northwell’s tuition assistance program. “There is something different about working here,” he shared. “Leadership truly cares and wants to make a positive impact on the business and on the frontline team.”
Tara Hutter-Irving, Pharmacy Manager
As a pharmacy manager at Vivo Health Pharmacy, Tara oversees the operations and staff at four of our outpatient Vivo Health Pharmacy locations inside our hospitals. In addition to managing resources needed by the pharmacy department teams to operate efficiently, the most important part of Tara’s job is providing leadership to the team and communicating strategies to achieve department goals.
Tara was always interested in a career at Northwell because of its continuity of care across all specialties — coming together with the common goal of providing the best experience for the patients. “Our providers are one team with the same focused goal — patient care,” shares Tara. “I love that pharmacy is an important part of the whole healthcare team at Northwell. From admission to discharge, we all work together to make decisions and provide the best care.”
Tara was especially drawn to Northwell because she knew it would give her the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment with supportive leadership. “Northwell makes it possible to continue to learn and grow professionally and personally. There is a lot of support from colleagues and leaders, and I am proud of the team that we’ve built.”
Sophia Brutus, Pharmacy Supervisor
Sophia saw the positive impact Northwell has on people’s health and wanted to be part of a team that provides essential healthcare services.
“Becoming a pharmacist at Northwell has opened doors to more diverse career opportunities in both clinical and administrative roles within the healthcare field. It has allowed me to contribute to patient care and make a meaningful difference in our community.”
As a pharmacy supervisor, the most crucial aspect of Sophia’s role is patient safety, which includes counseling patients on proper medication use and maintaining a well-organized and compliant pharmacy. She enjoys the opportunity of leading a team, playing a pivotal role in patient care and engaging with a larger network, which keeps her constantly learning.
“Northwell has supported my professional development through training, mentorship and access to resources. I always feel supported because Northwell prioritizes employee growth and ensures we have the tools needed to excel in our roles.”
Meet Michael, Senior Manager of Operations at Vivo Health Pharmacy, Ambitious and Health Raiser
Michael Francesco, senior manager of operations at Vivo Health Pharmacy, had 20 years of experience as a pharmacy technician before joining Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy in 2016. As a pharmacy technician, he performed data entry on newly received prescriptions, assisted with co-payments and requested prescription refills for patients. In 2018, Michael was promoted to lead pharmacy technician for Vivo Health’s Mail Order Pharmacy. There he was responsible for overseeing and training technicians at Vivo Health’s call center while assisting customers.
Michael’s career journey continued to thrive when he became a part of Vivo Health’s leadership team as an associate program manager in 2021., In this role, he focused on creating training materials for his team members, including user guides and manuals, while also assisting with onboarding new employees. One year later, Michael was promoted to manager of operations, responsible for Vivo Pharmacy computer system upgrades. He worked hard to further improve training programs and onboarding documents and worked closely with various Northwell business partners to implement new technologies.
In his current role, as a senior manager of operations at Vivo Health Pharmacy’s, Michael now leads the central services team, which includes pharmacy interns, float pharmacists and central processing team members, supporting every retail location across our health system. He standardizes and optimizes the patient and team member experience, and helps plan, test and implement new upgrades into Vivo Health’s current system. .
Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy is an ambulatory care pharmacy services leader, providing specialized pharmacy services that form full delivery medical care systems across all Northwell Health facilities. As Northwell’s retail pharmacy partner, Vivo Health Pharmacy’s mission is aligned with Northwell’s mission of improving the health of communities by providing the highest quality of care.
In his time at Northwell, Michael has gained more opportunities and grown his career in retail pharmacy more than he ever thought possible. Getting a job with Northwell was a goal of his for many years because he knew Northwell had a reputation for supporting their employees, paying them well and giving them opportunities to grow. “Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy leaders listen to their employees and create an inclusive and dynamic space to work and grow,” says Michael. He believes that Vivo Health is unique to other pharmacy retail companies because here he has been able to advance into positions that are traditionally reserved for pharmacists in other retail companies. “I have been very fortunate at Vivo to have people around me who wanted me to succeed, listened to my ideas and allowed me the freedom to implement them.”
When asked if he could offer any advice to those looking to start a career in pharmacy at Northwell, Michael encourages anyone starting their career to get as much experience as possible, build relationships with a pharmacist and fellow technicians and to never be afraid to ask questions.
Top Five Reasons to Work Night Shifts at Northwell Health
At Northwell Health, working night shifts has several benefits from having the flexibility in your schedule for child care and family to pay differential. As a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, Northwell provides many night shift opportunities in nursing, nursing support, respiratory therapists, clinical labs, ACPs and more. Learn more about our top reasons below, and begin your journey to a career well cared for at Northwell Health.
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Raise your Career Expectations with these Top Reasons to Work Night Shifts at Northwell Health
Working night shifts at Northwell Health comes along with several benefits that can make a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. As a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, Northwell offers career growth opportunities that are easily attainable to night shift professionals in labs and nursing roles. Check out our top reasons below, and jump start your journey to a career well cared for.
Careers in Pharmacy at Northwell, Raise Health and Your Career Expectations
A career in pharmacy at Northwell Health means having several opportunities to make an impact on the wellbeing of our communities. As a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, Northwell offers competitive benefits such as tuition reimbursement and educational advancement classes through the Center for Learning and Innovation. We took the liberty of highlighting the various pharmacy specialties for you below to jump start your exploration for a career well cared for.
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