Ms. Diana Mercurio, a clinical pharmacist with more than 45 years’ experience in the healthcare field, has been appointed by the American Health Council to its Industry Board. Boasting a wealth of experience in disease management and diabetes management and education, Ms. Mercurio’s appointment is in recognition of her outstanding contribution to healthcare, having dedicated her life to clinical pharmaceutical care and outpatient education.
Her passion for her profession was first sparked at a young age when her father—a dentist—inspired her curiosity in the medical field. Ms. Mercurio also had a love for math and science which ultimately translated to her natural aptitude for pharmacy practice. She achieved educational excellence in obtaining her BS, RPh degree from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. After graduation she embarked on her pursuit of excellent patient care and commitment to whole person wellness, eventually expanding her role beyond clinical pharmacology to become locally and nationally certified as a diabetes outpatient educator (CDOE, CDE ) and a cardiovascular disease state educator. Additionally, she has obtained certifications in anticoagulation, pain and stroke management and completed a fellowship with the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at The University of Rhode Island—all a testament to her unrivalled commitment to her profession.
In addition to her appointment to the Industry Board, Ms. Mercurio has been recognized on numerous occasions and bestowed professional honors including the University of Rhode Island RI CDOE Pharmacist of the Year in 2011. Ms. Mercurio continues her affiliation with URI as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor. She also furthers her knowledge through maintaining key links with professional associations, including the Rhode Island Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, the American Pharmaceutical Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). She has previously served on the AADE annual conference planning committee.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Mercurio plans to continue to progress her knowledge and education and is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest Clinical Practice Guidelines for disease state management. Beyond continuous self-improvement, Ms. Mercurio also strives to provide excellent resources for other healthcare providers and the community they serve.
Currently, Ms. Mercurio serves as president of Diabetes Education Partners of Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 as a multidisciplinary, professional organization committed to providing comprehensive education to the people of Rhode Island living with diabetes. Diabetes Education Partners of RI’s goal is to empower people with diabetes to modify their lifestyle by adopting healthy self-care behaviors. Additionally, Ms. Mercurio has worked nearly two years as a clinical pharmacist with the Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Corporation—a multi-specialty Independent Practice Association (IPA) of physicians located throughout the State of Rhode Island. The renowned center currently represents 150 primary care physicians from family practice, internal medicine and pediatric medicine. The IPA also represents more than 200 specialty-care member physicians which include behavioral health, optometry and ophthalmology, gastroenterology and cardiology. Ms. Mercurio’s daily responsibilities include working collaboratively with nurse care managers, physicians and mid-level providers to ensure safe and efficacious medication use, cost-effective care and improved patient outcomes.
RIPCPC has been implementing innovative quality improvement models for more than 20 years. The organization’s focus has been on implementing the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) ‘Patient-Centered Medical Home’ (PCMH) care delivery model. This patient-centric care delivery model enhances quality, improves access and implements care coordination strategies and Ms. Mercurio is dedicated to delivering this high standard of service. RIPCPC has implemented more PCMH’s than any other organization in the state and believe it is the core building block of quality improvement systems and vital to the successful care delivery Model.
Most recently, RIPCPC has formed an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Integra, with the Care New England hospital system. This is the first of its kind in this region, where an IPA and a hospital system team up to better coordinate care in a way unmatched in our community. This partnership enabled the corporation to build a larger network of primary care physicians, specialists and clinics.
Ms. Mercurio credits her success to her mentor, Michele Danish, Pharm D, FASHP, who was her clinical manager at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.
Share this entry
BS, RPh, CDE, CDOE, CVDOE
Clinical Pharmacist at Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation
- Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation (RIPCPC) is a multi-specialty Independent Practice Association (IPA) of physicians located throughout the State of Rhode Island.
- Currently represents 150 primary care physicians from family practice, internal medicine and pediatric medicine.
- The IPA also represents over 200 specialty-care member physicians which include behavioral health, optometry and ophthalmology, gastroenterology and cardiology.