Melissa M. Raich, PharmD, BCPS

Melissa M. Raich, PharmD, BCPS

Critical Care Clinical Specialist
Hillcrest Hospital
Phone: 440.312.2266
Fax: 440.312.7104
Email: raichm@ccf.org
Pager: #51291

Clinical Specialist at Hillcrest since: 2010

Education

  • Critical Care Specialty Residency 2010, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio
  • Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, October 2009
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency 2009, Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
  • Doctor of Pharmacy 2008, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

Areas of interest:

  • Infectious diseases in the intensive care unit
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Parenteral nutrition in the critically ill

Research/Current Projects

  • Clinical rounding in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Units
  • Clinical rounding with the Trauma/Acute Surgical Care team
  • Management of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Protocol
  • Smart Pump drug library maintenance

Service

  • Residency Advisory Committee: Recruitment and Interviewing Subcommittee Chair
  • Member of Hillcrest Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee
  • Member of ICU Performance Improvement Committee
    • Member of the Code Blue sub-committee
  • Member of the ICU Leadership Committee
  • Member of the Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists

Teaching

  • Preceptor for PharmD students
  • Preceptor for PGY1 residents at Hillcrest Hospital
  • Provider of local continuing education for nurses, pharmacists and physicians

Honors and Awards

  • Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Residency Program Regional Preceptor of the Year, June 2015.
  • Appreciation Award for Teamwork, Leadership Council, Hillcrest Hospital, March 2014.
  • Employee of the Month, Hillcrest Hospital Dept of Pharmacy, February 2012.
  • 10th Annual Mercy Health Partners Research Symposium Excellence Award for Poster Presentation, May 2010.
  • Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Fall Research Meeting Presentation Award, Oct 2008.

Publications

  • Temple ME, Lagzdins ML. Streamlining the residency interview process using web-based teleconferencing. Am. J. Health Syst. Pharm. 2014;71:697-701.
  • Huebner M, Temple-Cooper M, Lagzdins M, Yeh J. A pilot study evaluating the effect of daily education by a pharmacist on medication related HCAHPS scores and medication reconciliation. J Biosafety Health Educ. 2013;1:1-6.
  • Antiretroviral Medications. Melissa M. Lagzdins, Pharm.D., BCPS. Chapter contribution for Antimicrobianos: uso terapeutico en infectologia clinica by Luis Jauregui, Jr., M.D. 2013.
  • Hulisz D, Lagzdins M. Drug induced hypertension. U.S. Pharmacists. 2008;33(9):1-6.

Poster Presentations

  • Does dexmedetomidine use decrease benzodiazepine requirements in patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal? With Kristen Funelli, PharmD. Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2015; and American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2014.
  • Pharmacist’s Evaluation of Rivaroxaban Dosing for Atrial Fibrillation. With Colton Hutton, PharmD, and Frank Rigelsky, PharmD, BCPS. American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2013.
  • Evaluation of Intravenous Acetaminophen Use at a Community Hospital. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2013.
  • A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effect Daily counseling by a Pharmacist on Medication Related HCAHPS Scores and Medication Reconciliation Satisfaction, Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2013, with Megan Huebner, PharmD, and Mary E Temple, MS, PharmD, BCPS.
  • The Effects In-Utero Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Venlafaxine on Neonatal Outcomes, Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2013, with Ashleigh Hogue, PharmD, and Mary Temple, MS, PharmD, BCPS.
  • Impact of Converting Levofloxacin to High-Dose Equivalent Regimen in a Community Teaching Hospital, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2012, with Nathan Wirick, PharmD, BCPS, and Nicholas Link, PharmD, BCOP.
  • Vasopressin Use in a Medical Intensive Care Unit, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2011, with Joshua Unsworth, PharmD, BCPS.
  • Justification of a Clinical Pharmacist Position in an Intensive Care Unit. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting, December 2010.
  • Impact of a Clinical Pharmacist on Blood Glucose Control in the Intensive Care Unit. American College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Practice and Research Forum, April 2010.
  • Impact of Pharmacist-Based Medication Discharge Counseling on Hospital Readmission Rates in General Medicine Patients. Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, May 2009.

Lecture Presentations

  • Hemodynamics & Vasopressors. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, April 2014.
  • ICU Pharmacy Bootcamp: How to Monitor Medications in the Patient with Hemodynamic Instability. Greater New York Health Association, Clinical Pharmacy Program, Feb 2014.
  • Epilepsy Review. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, November 2013.
  • Hemodynamics & Vasopressors. Cleveland Clinic Nursing Education, Critical Care Nursing Course, August 2013.
  • Sepsis. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, March 2013.
  • Hemodynamics & Vasopressors. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, December 2012.
  • Sedation & Analgesia. Hillcrest Hospital Trauma Lecture Series, August 2012.
  • Toxicology in the Intensive Care Unit. Ohio College of Clinical Pharmacists Spring Pharmacotherapy Update, Beachwood, Ohio, June 2012.
  • Electrolytes & Lab Values. Hillcrest Hospital PPMI Lecture Series, April 2012.
  • Toxicology in the Intensive Care Unit. Cleveland Clinic Health System Regional Continuing Education Meeting, Lutheran Hospital, April 2011.
  • Capstone Module: Pharmaceutical Care in the Intensive Care Unit. University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, March 2010.
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeds & Hemodynamic Instability. University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, March 2010.
  • Justifying a Clinical Pharmacist Position in the Intensive Care Unit. Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center, January 2010.
  • Patient Safety in Psychiatry. University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, November 2009.
  • Shock. University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, November 2009.
  • Management of Hemodynamics in the Intensive Care Unit. University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, November 2009.