Harris County Hospital District
Before becoming a pharmacy technician in 1997, Isabell Pacheco worked for one year in the medical records department of an ambulatory clinic. As soon as a pharmacy was added to the clinic, Isabell’s desire to learn more about the health care field translated into her transferring into the new pharmacy department. As a pharmacy technician, Isabell’s responsibilities grew to include assisting pharmacists in receiving and processing prescriptions, rotating and stocking supplies, issuing patient credits, and processing Medicaid claims.
"I became PTCB certified in July 1997,” said Pacheco. "My state didn’t require certification at the time, but only one year into my tenure, the state made it a requirement. I studied long and hard, took the exam, and passed! PTCB certification made me more confident in my position as a pharmacy technician and helped me realize that the opportunities in the field were limitless. I then went on to earn my Bachelors of Science in Business Management in 2007 and Masters of Business Administration in 2009."
Isabell's current position as Pharmacy Inventory Manager with Harris County Hospital District in Houston, TX, has afforded her a tremendous opportunity for professional growth. In this role, she is responsible for assisting and coordinating the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to the purchase and control of pharmacy inventory; planning, organizing, supervising purchase orders; maintaining drug inventory controls in all pharmacy areas; recommending techniques to reduce the costs of pharmaceuticals; evaluating the performance of suppliers; developing new sources of drug supplies; and assuring the department meets the current regulatory and accreditation agency requirements regarding the storage of pharmaceuticals.
"The most rewarding part of my current position is being able to affect positive change in the pharmacy field, not only within my organization, but within the profession as a whole," said Pacheco. "The skills I learned as an entry-level pharmacy technician have supported me throughout my career and have transformed me into a better pharmacy professional."
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