Mount Nittany Health is fortunate to employ some of the most talented and dedicated medical professionals in the healthcare industry. Amanda Holyk, PharmD, BCCCP, Pharmacy Supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center, is one of the many employees receiving national recognition and accolades for her contributions to science and her commitment to medical excellence.
“Stewardship is optimizing our resources through growth and innovation.”
In addition to serving on the executive committee for the Pennsylvania Society of Critical Care Medicine, she is facilitating change and improving patient care by conducting extensive research in several different fields. Recently, Amanda presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress and was published in two well-known scientific journals: Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN) and Critical Care Medicine.
Equally dedicated to improving patient care at Mount Nittany Health, Amanda recently presented a multidisciplinary initiative to improve sepsis care in the Emergency Department at Mount Nittany Medical Center to the Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress. As one of the leading causes of death in hospitals, rapid diagnosis and treatment is critical in preventing mortality from sepsis. A few of the many interventions Amanda and other key stakeholders implemented in Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Emergency Department were revised sepsis screening criteria, educational programming, revisions to sepsis alerts, and an Emergency Department Pharmacist sepsis initiative. Amanda and her team came to the conclusion that at the community hospital level, many actions can be taken to improve sepsis care.
Amanda recognizes the importance of her research at an organizational level: “I may be biased, but I think our pharmacy team at Mount Nittany Medical Center is excellent, and they do really great work on a daily basis. I would like to be able to highlight the impact of these interventions on patient safety, outcomes and financial stewardship.”