With over 45 years experience in the healthcare field, Ms. Mercurio has been appointed by the American Health Council to the Industry Board. Ms. Mercurio is a seasoned pharmaceutical specialist with a depth of experience in disease management and diabetes education. The clinical pharmacist is recognized for her outstanding contribution to healthcare, having dedicated her life to clinical pharmaceutical care and medication delivery.
Her passion for her profession began at a young age as her father was a dentist – inspiring her curiosity in the medical field. Ms. Mercurio also had a love for math and science, demonstrating her natural aptitude for pharmaceutical practice. She then went on to achieve educational excellence, obtaining her BS, RPh, CDE, CDOE and CVDOE from the University of Rhode Island Pharmacy and the RIGEC Fellowship URI, demonstrating her unrivaled commitment to her profession. The medical professional is recognized for her outstanding dedication to the field and has accomplished a number of professional honors including the University of Rhode Island RI CDOE Pharmacist of the Year in 2011. The professional is also recognized by the College of Pharmacy and has further achieved her status as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor.
Ms. Mercurio has served 1.5 years in her current clinical pharmacist role 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 over 200 specialty-care member physicians which include behavioral health, optometry and ophthalmology, gastroenterology and cardiology.
RIPCPC has been implementing innovative quality improvement models for over 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 have 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’s daily responsibilities include working collaboratively with nurse care managers. Physicians and mid-level providers to ensure the utmost best in safe medication use, cost-effective care and improved patient outcomes.
Ms. Mercurio is also the Executive Director of a multidisciplinary, professional non-profit organization committed to providing diabetes education to persons with diabetes, this being recognized as one of her most impressive professional accomplishments to date. 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.
Looking to the future, the pharmaceutical professional plans to continue to progress her knowledge and education – making a commitment to stay up-to-date with the latest Clinical Practice Guidelines for disease state management. Ms. Mercurio strives to provide excellent resources for other healthcare providers and the community they serve.
Ms. Mercurio credits her success to her mentor, Michele Danish, Pharm D, FASHP, who was her clinical manager at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.
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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.