Ascension Sacred Heart Pharmacy Residency Program


PGY1 Program Purpose: The postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program at Ascension Sacred Heart builds upon the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.


Ascension Sacred Heart is a part of Ascension Florida, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit healthcare providers. Ascension Sacred Heart has established itself as the most preferred hospital in Northwest Florida and the region's leader in providing high quality health care to children and adults.

The main campus in Pensacola includes a 566-bed hospital which includes the area's only Children's Hospital. Key services include a Regional Heart and Vascular Institute, Stroke Center, Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with M. D. Anderson Cancer Network, and a large regional network of primary care and specialty doctors (Ascension Medical Group) stretching from Foley, AL to Apalachicola, FL.

In 2003, Ascension Florida added Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 76-bed community hospital in Destin, FL. In 2010, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital, opened in Port St. Joe, FL. In 2019, Sacred Heart added Bay Medical, a 75-bed community hospital in Panama City, FL as its newest member of the Sacred Heart Health System. For more information, visit online at

May 4, 2019 the all new Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart received its patients. Studer Family Children's Hospital maintained the 117-bed designation and offers care in a number of sub-specialties including pediatric oncology, surgery, general medicine and intensive care. In addition to pediatric intensive care, it is home to the area's only Level III neonatal intensive care unit.


A total of 5 PGY-1 pharmacy practice residents are accepted each year, 4 PGY-1 adult focus and 1 with emphasis in pediatrics.


The pharmacy department employs over thirty clinical pharmacists involved in a variety of clinical services including:

  • Adverse drug event reporting
  • Anticoagulation monitoring
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Drug order entry, preparation, and distribution
  • Drug information
  • IV to PO conversion
  • Multidisciplinary rounding
  • Patient education / discharge counseling
  • Parenteral nutrition preparation & monitoring
  • Patient profile review for drug-drug & drug-food interactions, therapeutic duplications & modifications
  • Pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic & Renal dose adjustment
Feel free to contact any of us with any questions:

Ernie Cyr, PharmD, BCPS
Residency Program Director
Office: 850-416-4677

Glenn Grantner, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Staff Pharmacist 
Residency Program Coordinator

Katie Wassil, PharmD, BCPS
Pediatric Clinical Manager
Office: 850-416-6732

Angela Kirtsinger, PharmD, CRPh
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Office: 850-416-7145

Jerry Smith, PharmD, MSHA, CRPh
Director of Pharmacy
Office: 850-416-7712


Residency Program Required Rotations



Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola
Adult Emphasis

  • Departmental Orientation (one month)
  • Adult Internal Medicine (two months)
  • Ambulatory Care (one month)
  • Adult Critical Care (one month)
  • Infectious Diseases (one month)
  • Longitudinal:
    • Administrative
    • Research
    • Staffing
    • Teaching certificate offered through Auburn University 

Possible Electives

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care – Adult/Neonatal/Pediatric
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Outpatient Infusion Therapy
  • Pulmonology
  • Renal Transplant
  • Surgery
  • Women's Health
  • Flexible options are available for specific interests


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Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart
Pediatric Emphasis

  • Departmental Orientation (one month)
  • Pediatric Ambulatory Care (one month)
  • Pediatric General Medicine (two months)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (one month)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care (one month)
  • Infectious Diseases (one month)
  • Longitudinal:
    • Administrative
    • Research
    • Staffing
    • Teaching certificate offered through Auburn University


  • Annual stipend of $47,500
  • Full dental, health, and vision coverage
  • 12 days of paid time off
  • Personal Laptop
  • Paid attendance for ASHP Midyear meeting and Florida Residency Conference


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