Tara Vlasimsky is the System Manager of Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy with SCL Health where she oversees ambulatory clinical pharmacy services for SCL Health clinics in Colorado and Montana. Prior to this role, Tara served as the Assistant Director of Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy at Denver Health Medical Center. Tara earned her B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering at Southern Methodist University then worked for ten years as a business consultant in the healthcare industry, working with hospitals, health plans and technology startups. Tara left consulting to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, then completed a PGY1 residency at SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO.
In her last two leadership roles, Tara has worked to expand clinical pharmacy services within Colorado for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, with an emphasis on developing innovative models of care that work across disciplines and practice settings. Examples include expanding access to embedded pharmacists and advanced practice pharmacy technicians within primary care and specialty clinics such as Hepatitis C. She has also created new services, such as a medication transitions team, population health pharmacist roles, and most recently a centralized pharmacy anticoagulation service with three new hospital departments in Colorado and Montana. She served as PGY1 Residency Program Director at Denver Health, plus established and served as director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency program. Regardless of the service, Tara strongly believes that the path to successful pharmacy services lies in working well within a team-based environment that celebrates the strengths of all care team members.
Tara also believes in serving our pharmacy profession through advocacy. Tara is a past Chair of the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS) Academy of Health-System Pharmacists (AHP) for three years, served on the CPS Board for 7 years including two years as Treasurer, and was recently elected as the Colorado Alternate Delegate for the ASHP House of Delegates. Over the last few years, Tara has had increasing leadership roles within ASHP, most recently serving as Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Leaders (PPL) Strategy and Industry Disrupters Section Advisory Group and is a faculty member for the ASHP Managers Boot Camp. Tara is the recipient of the CPS Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist award in 2011 and Colorado Pharmacist of the Year in 2021.