Leslie’s involvement in the 340B program has spanned the last 13 years, beginning with the registration of Women & Infants as a DSH 340B covered entity with child sites in 2004, resulting in significant savings on hospital administered medications. In her current health system role, Dr. Pires oversees three DSH 340B covered entities and has developed an extensive contract pharmacy program serving a multitude of provider based medical clinics across the health-system. Leslie has implemented a comprehensive self-auditing plan to assure 340B compliance.
Dr. Pires currently oversees the pharmacy supply chain for four hospitals in the health system. This responsibility provides her with insight and a clear understanding of class of trade, sites of care and inventory logistics, which are all necessary for helping to optimize contracting strategies and at the same time assure compliance with GPO prohibition requirements.
Prior to this, Leslie was responsible for the development of a comprehensive pharmacy service supporting an 80-bed level 2 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Services included clinical, sterile product provision and didactic teaching.
Dr. Pires engineered a comprehensive pharmacy program in oncology, including the establishment of four infusion centers across Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts both supported by the hospital’s pharmacy services. Leslie oversaw the design and construction of four USP797 compliant IV rooms. As a member of the hospital’s IRB for 15 years, Leslie served as a principle reviewer for oncology studies.
Under Leslie’s leadership, Computerized Physician Order Entry, bedside barcoding, and Pyxis® automation were accomplished. Leslie was responsible for pharmacy policy and participated in 10 Joint Commission surveys, with noted success each time. During Leslie’s tenure, the department grew from a staff contingency of 12 to 55 staff members leading a strong well-respected specialized pharmacy service.
Dr. Pires holds both a professional doctorate and a bachelor degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a master of science degree in pharmacology from Northeastern University. Leslie has extensive volunteer hours professionally with the RISHP (inclusive of President) and ASHP, as well as community charitable efforts in her church and hunger relief efforts.