Ronald Small is a Visante Executive Coach and Strategic Advisor with extensive experience in hospital pharmacy leadership and quality and safety. In his capacity as a Certified Executive Coach, he is dedicated to helping healthcare executives actualize transformative change within their organizations. He has also served as a consultant with Joint Commission International and Joint Commission Resources providing expertise in the medication use process, safe health system design, safe IV Practices and the safe adoption of technologies.
Previous to this, Ron was Vice-President, Quality, Safety and Service Excellence and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Wake Forest University Health. During his tenure at Wake Forest he was responsible for the development and operations of the Heart Center, Diagnostic Cardiology, Infection Control, Service Excellence, Materials Management, Respiratory Therapy and the Quality Resource Center. He was also responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of all Pharmacy practices in retail, long term care, and home care, as well as the Infusion Centers, Antimicrobial Stewardship, physician practices and community health centers. He served as the Interim CIO for the Medical Center’s Informatics Center and for two years as Chief Procurement Officer.
Ron is a Fellow in the American Pharmaceutical Association and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. In 2013, he was elected to the APhA Board of Trustees and serves in a leadership role for Performance Improvement. He is a member of the Faculty of the ASHP Foundation’s Leadership Academy and the Leaders Innovation Master Series. Throughout his career he has enjoyed teaching positions at institutions of higher learning such as Campbell University School of Pharmacy, Wake Forest University, and the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He has also contributed to the professional body of knowledge on such topics as quality leadership and quality improvement, antimicrobial utilization stewardship, drug cost reduction strategies, the safe adoption of technologies in the medication use process and quality of care improvement strategies. He has been an invited speaker in the US and internationally addressing a number of topics concerning patient safety, leadership for quality improvement, and issues related to improving IV medication practices for patient safety.
Ronald Small earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of North Carolina. In recognition of his many contributions to the Pharmacy profession, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree. He is a Certified Executive Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma. Additional certifications include Quality Improvement Trainer by The Juran Institute and certification from the Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research.