Quality Leaders: Benjamin Staley

Benjamin Staley is working to identify areas for improvement and monitor safe medication use processes.

By: Michelle Champalanne


To Benjamin Staley, Pharm.D., BCPS, team synchronization is key to a healthy system.

Staley, a clinical specialist in quality improvement and clinical decision support, works closely with several departments and teams within UF Health to ensure patient safety and improve quality. He works with leaders to find ways to improve their systems individually and as a whole for UF Health Shands Hospital.

One way Staley has influenced quality improvement is through his involvement with the EPIC Willow Team, and he regularly meets with UF Health leaders to identify areas for improvement and monitor safe medication use processes.

The EPIC Willow Team uses EPIC to help drive appropriate practice by having prescribers comply with core measurement requirements, he said. Through this, the team helps prescribers make the most appropriate clinical decision. An electronic health record system creates a standard for practices and reduces variation and errors overall, he said.

He uses EPIC to prompt better medication management practices by building order sets with evidence-based medication pieces that are supported by the literature.

“We work to improve the care we provide for our patients,” he said. “Safe and effective medication for our patients is our No. 1 priority.”

Staley has been at UF Health Shands Hospital since 2011.

“I work with a great team of pharmacists and nurses,” he said. “Quality is not a one-man job.”