Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

3400 Ministry Parkway, Weston, WI 54476

Serving as a regional hub, Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston (just minutes from Wausau on Highway 29) is a 110-bed acute care hospital providing a broad range of primary and specialty healthcare services including emergency, general medical surgical, critical care and obstetrical services.

Ascension St. Clare’s is completely chartless, with all patient data instantly updated in an Electronic Medical Records system. This ensures a level of seamless care, safety and accuracy.

The staff at Ascension St. Clare’s is an extraordinary team of experienced and compassionate caregivers. They define a culture that is wholly focused on delivering excellent patient care, which includes delivering the comfort of all the most modern patient amenities. With all the advantages of a modern facility and a proven system of care, Ascension St. Clare’s offers patients the best of both worlds. It truly is a 21st century hospital, built on a century of care.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program at Ascension St. Clare’s is a 12-month program that is carefully designed following the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Accreditation Standards to ensure that a resident develops into a well-rounded, clinical practitioner through exposure to a large variety of practice areas. Upon completion of this PGY1 program, the resident will be a competent clinical pharmacist with the necessary professional knowledge and abilities to pursue a general clinical pharmacist position, board certification and/or a post-graduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency position.

The pharmacy department at Ascension St. Clare’ provides 24-hour services to all patient care areas. Pharmacists work in a decentralized model on various units, including the intensive care unit, medical/surgical unit and progressive care unit. Pharmacists participate in multidisciplinary rounds and readmission-reduction efforts, provide clinical dosing and monitoring services and precept introductory and advanced pharmacy practice students. Our pharmacists provide high quality patient care with assistance from skilled pharmacy technicians and extensive forms of technology.

Emergency Services

  • Emergency care, 24 hours a day
  • Board certified emergency physicians and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-educated pharmacists and nurses
  • Comprehensive resources including lab, diagnostic imaging, surgery and medical specialists

Surgical Excellence

The majority of surgeries are performed utilizing minimally invasive techniques and technologies, including da Vinci® robotic surgery. Surgical specialties include: cardiac, general surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, oral maxillofacial, orthopedic, thoracic, urologic and vein/vascular.

Cardiac Care

Ascension St. Clare’s is an advanced care center in the Rescue1 program, a life-saving system of rapid transfer and treatment of heart attack patients from across Central and Northern Wisconsin. We were the first hospital in the region to achieve Chest Pain Center accreditation in 2007 and continue to maintain this status.

Cancer Care
Cancer services are currently expanding with the recruitment of specialist physicians and the construction of an outpatient infusion center in addition to expanded clinic space at the Ascension Medical Group clinic on campus.

Pharmacy Department

The Department of Pharmacy is open 24 hours/ day, 7 days/week. Services are provided through decentralized pharmacists and the main pharmacy.

Clinical Pharmacy Services

  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
    • Warfarin
    • Heparin
    • Vancomycin
    • Aminoglycosides
    • Bivalrudin
  • Renal Adjustment Dosing
  • IV to PO Conversions
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Heart Failure
  • Drug Therapy Problem Resolution
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition Management

Decentralized Care Units

  • Adult Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular
  • Medical/Surgical



  Program Contact Information:

Justin Guthman, PharmD
Residency Program Director