Director of Clinical Therapeutics and Pharmacy, HCA Healthcare
Kara L. Murray is the Director of Clinical Therapeutics and Pharmacy for HCA Healthcare (HCA) in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Murray works to drive high-risk regulatory compliance in Non-Sterile, Sterile and Hazardous compounding and to ensure project compliance related to pharmaceutical waste and sustainability. In addition to regulatory compliance, Dr. Murray is a board-certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist. She collaborates with the HCA Women’s and Children’s Services group to provide clinical and therapeutic recommendations for pediatric and maternal patients across the HCA’s hospital enterprise, which includes approximately 178 affiliated inpatient institutions. She also provides clinical pharmacy leadership to the HCA Physician Services team, which consists of over 600 locally managed practices, employing approximately 11,500 staff including approximately 3,000 physicians and advanced practice providers in outpatient settings.
Dr. Murray is an adjunct clinical faculty member for Lipscomb, and University of Tennessee Colleges of Pharmacy. She is also a member of HCA’s Sustainability Steering Committee. Dr. Murray received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and her MBA degree from Western Governors University. She completed both a Pharmacy Practice Residency and a Pediatric Specialty Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Murray is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Prior to her employment at HCA’s Corporate Offices, Dr. Murray served as the Neonatal and High-Risk Obstetric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Regulations on the management and disposal of controlled substances in 2014 and hazardous pharmaceuticals in 2018 have complicated the health care clinician’s role in management and disposal. These regulations have been misinterpreted, misunderstood and misapplied by generators, product and service providers, and regulators. This presentation will identify and simplify the complex regulatory and environmental issues […]