Pharmacy Department Overview

Medical Center Hospital is in West Texas in Odessa, Texas. It was founded in 1949 and serves seventeen surrounding counties. In the past few years Medical Center Hospital has been recognized as a stroke center, bariatric center, and diabetes center. Most recently Medical Center Hospital has gained the status as a level three Trauma Center. Our hospital is a 402-bed community teaching hospital with medical training in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OBGYN, hospitalist, and emergency medicine.  Patient care areas involved in this daily care include a twenty-bed critical care unit, twenty-bed cardiac care unit, twenty-bed neonatal intensive care unit, forty telemetry beds and newly remodeled trauma bays in the emergency department. Medical Center Hospital and its pharmacy department operates on core values of integrity, accountability, respect, excellence, and patient centered care. As a resident and practicing clinician in this institution, these values will be the foundation of all expectations during the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency program as well as the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency.

Medical Center Hospital initiated its PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency program with two residents in July 2014. Our re-accreditation visit from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for this twelve month residency program was completed in 2020 and we are accredited until 2024. In 2018, our PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency program was started and was officially accredited in 2020 until 2028.

Clinical services

Decentralized pharmacists provide clinical pharmacy services including

  • Daily inter-professional rounding with Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Critical Care, Trauma, and NICU teams
  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • criteria monitored antibiotics
  • daily review of appropriate dose and indication of broad-spectrum antibiotics
  • anticoagulation services
  • consult service for dosing of warfarin and IV direct thrombin inhibitors
  • warfarin and DOAC patient education
  • daily monitoring for safe use of target-specific systemic anticoagulants
  • pharmacokinetic Services
  • dosing and daily monitoring of vancomycin and aminoglycosides
  • dose adjustments for renal impairment
  • IV to PO program
  • patient education
  • code blue and rapid response participation
  • transitions of care services (discharge counseling, discharge medication reviews, OPAT, etc…)

Minh T. Hong, PharmD, BCPS, MBA-HA
Director of Pharmacy


500 W 4th St., Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 640-1359
mhong@echd.org

Erica Wilson, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Director


500 W 4th St., Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 640-2280
ewilson@echd.org

Nathaniel Ehni, PharmD, BCCP
PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director


500 W 4th St., Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 640-1357
nehni@echd.org

PRECEPTOR BIOGRAPHIES

Munjal Attawala, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Attawala is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Internal Medicine at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, he obtained his PharmD from University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. After practicing as a clinical staff pharmacist in Wichita, KS, he completed ASHP/ACCP-accredited residency at PGY1 residency at Beaumont Hospital – Dearborn in 2019. He completed his teaching certificate through Wayne State University and is a preceptor for the core Transitions of Care as well Internal Medicine rotations. His current practice activities include rounding with internal medicine and family medicine multidisciplinary teams. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends, as well as watching University of Michigan football/basketball (GO BLUE!)

Ashley Bane, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Bane is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the internal medicine division at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from the University Of Kentucky College Of Pharmacy in 2013. In 2014, she completed a PGY1 ASHP/ACCP-accredited residency at Norton Healthcare Hospital system in Louisville, KY. She completed her teaching certificate through the University of Kentucky and is an eligible preceptor in Texas. Her current practice activities at Medical Center Hospital include rounding with internal medicine, family medicine, and trauma/surgery multidisciplinary teams. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, running with her dog, and traveling with her husband.

Laura Branum, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Branum is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the emergency department at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received her PharmD from D’Youville College School of Pharmacy in 2014. She then completed a Post-Graduate Year One ASHP-accredited residency at The University of Vermont Medical Center – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York in 2015. Her current practice activities at Medical Center Hospital include performing medication reconciliations, providing nursing and physician medication therapy consults, participating in cardiac arrests and trauma cases as well as emergency medication preparation.

Kristina Chang, PharmD

Dr. Chang was born and raised in West Texas as she grew up in Big Spring approximately 60 miles East of Odessa. She attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa where she graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2014. Afterwards, she ventured down to South Texas where she attended pharmacy school at Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville, Texas. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa June 2019 and is now a clinical pharmacy specialist for the internal medicine and trauma services. In her spare time she enjoys naps with her new baby girl, cheering her son on at his sporting events, binging shows, and eating. food.

Phillip Cook, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Cook is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he received his PharmD from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Phillip then went on to Houston to complete PGY-1 residency training at Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center and teaching certificate through the University of Houston. His current practice activities include rounding with the Texas Tech Critical Care Team, precepting residents and students, and serving on various project committees. In his spare time Phil enjoys watching St. Louis Cardinals and Blues games, running, and playing drums.

Nathan Ehni, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Ehni is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the emergency department and PGY2 emergency medicine pharmacy residency program director at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He received his PharmD from North Dakota state university in 2012. He then completed a PGY1 general residency at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, SD and then completed a PGY-2 specializing in critical care at Avera McKennan. His current practice activities at Medical Center Hospital include working with the emergency department multidisciplinary team.

Minh Hong, PharmD, BCPS, MBA-HA

Dr. Hong was a clinical pharmacy specialist in the internal medicine division at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas from 08/2014 to 01/2018. He was promoted to Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator 01/2018 and then to Director of Pharmacy 06/2019. He received his PharmD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP) in 2012. He then completed a two year ASHP/ACCP-accredited residency in pharmacotherapy practice at TTUHSC SOP in Lubbock, Texas in 2014. During his time at MCH, he completed the Master of Business in Healthcare Administration program in 2018. In his spare time he enjoys playing recreational sports and spending time with family and friends.

Feng Lin, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Feng Lin is an internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He received his PharmD from University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, New York in 2017. He then completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals, New York in 2018. His current practice activities include rounding with internal medicine, family medicine, and trauma/surgery multidisciplinary teams. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, working out and hiking.

Jason A. Miller, PharmD

Dr. Miller is a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA in 2014. He then completed a PGY-1 ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital/University of Georgia in Albany, GA in 2015. Currently his practice activities at Medical Center Hospital include rounding with the critical care multidisciplinary teams, antimicrobial stewardship, and precepting student pharmacists and pharmacy residents. Dr. Miller’s current areas of interest are in critical care and hematology/oncology. Dr. Miller enjoys storm chasing, traveling, photography and spending time with family and friends.

Art Munoz, PharmD

Dr. Munoz is the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) pharmacist at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He received his PharmD from University of Houston College of Pharmacy in 2006. He has worked with the NICU team at Medical Center Hospital since 2014. His current daily activities with the department include daily rounds with physicians, nurse practitioner and nurses. He currently is training in the emergency department. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family.

James Palmer, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Palmer is a Critical Care Pharmacist at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He received his PharmD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 2012. His current practice activities include multidisciplinary rounds in adult critical care with internal medicine residents, nurses, among others and biweekly antibiotic stewardship rounds with an infectious disease physician. He is currently a member of the local Institutional Review Board and a residency instructor for the Critical Care PGY1 rotation.

Erica Wilson, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Wilson was born and raised in Andrews, TX, and graduated from high school in 2007. She attended McMurry University in Abilene, TX for college and played basketball for four years before graduating in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a minor in business administration. After college, Erica attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Abilene, TX and graduated with her Doctorate in Pharmacy in 2015. Erica completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX in July of 2016 and subsequently took a clinical pharmacy specialist position with Medical Center first in internal medicine July 2016-January 2017 and then in critical care from January 2017-June 2019, and currently serves as the pharmacy clinical coordinator and PGY1 residency program director. Erica has also been the pharmacy leader of the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program since July 2016. She lives with her husband Adam Wilson, her daughters Allie and Nora, and their Doberman Cain. Erica enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, shopping, crafting, and baking.

John Witucki, PharmD

Dr. Witucki was born and raised in West Texas, growing up about 35 miles west of Odessa in Monahans. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate studies, where he also played trumpet in the marching band. After receiving his BS in Multidisciplinary Studies from OU, John completed his PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed both his PGY-1 pharmacy practice and PGY-2 emergency medicine pharmacy residencies in Odessa at Medical Center. He currently works as a night shift emergency department pharmacist. His current practice activities include collecting medication histories, assisting with cardiac arrest and trauma cases, responding to codes, providing dosing and recommendations, and preparing doses for administration. In his spare time, John enjoys watching college sports, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

CURRENT RESIDENTS

Stephanie Anderson, PharmD

Dr. Anderson is currently a PGY1 resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Dr. Anderson received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Pacific University Oregon. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Pacific University School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, watching Netflix, cheering on the Dodgers and getting extremely sunburnt in the Texas sun.

Carrolyn Kate Cowey, PharmD

Dr. Cowey is currently a PGY-2 Emergency Medicine Resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas in 2013. She then pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of the Incarnate Word, Feik School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2018. After obtaining her PGY-1 at Medical Center Hospital, she decided to continue and early commit to the PGY-2 in Emergency Medicine at Medical Center Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two chihuahuas, running and being active, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Kate Epley, PharmD

Dr. Epley is currently a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2016.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 2020.  Her professional interest includes pediatrics and emergency medicine.  In her free time, she enjoys running, playing soccer, volleyball, baking, cheering on the Aggies, and hanging out with friends and family.

Tony Li, PharmD, MBA-HOM

Dr. Li is currently a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He grew up in Houston, Texas and received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy and MBA in Healthcare Organization Management at Texas Tech University in Abilene, Texas. His professional interests include infectious diseases, administration, and internal medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys camping with friends, discovering different cuisines, taking photographs, and weightlifting.

Albert Ngo, PharmD

Dr. Ngo is currently a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He grew up in Houston, TX and received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Texas Tech University. His professional interests include critical care medicine and pediatrics. During his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, hiking, shopping, and spending quality time with close family and friends.

PREVIOUS RESIDENTS

2014-2015

Elvis Ochua, PharmD
Dr. Ochua was a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He currently works at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, TX as a Cystic Fibrosis/Internal Medicine Pharmacist

Tram Vo, PharmD
Dr. Vo was a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She is currently practicing at HCA Houston Healthcare in Webster, TX.

2015-2016

Erica Wilson, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Wilson was a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received her PharmD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in 2015. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator/PGY-1 Residency Director at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.

Jan Richard Ramos, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Dr. Ramos was a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He graduated with his PharmD from the University of the Incarnate Word Feik School Pharmacy in 2015. He is currently a Medication Safety Officer/Investigational Drug Pharmacist at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX.

2016-2017

Priyanka Patel, PharmD
Dr. Patel was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013. She then pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy (USJ SOP) in Hartford, CT, graduating in 2016.

David Besanti, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Besanti was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He received his PharmD from Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Buies Creek, North Carolina in 2016. He is currently a Clinical Pharmacist at Alamance regional Medical Center in Burlinton, NC.

2017-2018

Michelle Aguirre, PharmD
Dr. Aguirre was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from University of Texas at El Paso in 2013. She then pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, graduating in 2017. She is currently a Clinical Pharmacist at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus in El Paso, TX.

Janel Cala, RPh
Janel was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She is currently a Clinical Pharmacist at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, TX

John Witucki, PharmD
Dr. Witucki was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. John was born and raised in West Texas, growing up about 35 miles west of Odessa in a town called Monahans. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate studies, where he also played trumpet in the marching band. After receiving his BS in Multidisciplinary Studies from OU, John completed his PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing his PGY-2 in Emergency Medicine at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX, he stayed on as an Emergency Medicine pharmacist.

2018-2019

Kristina Chang, PharmD
Dr. Chang was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa where she graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2014. Afterwards, she ventured down to South Texas where she attended pharmacy school at Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville, Texas and graduated in 2018. She is currently a Clinical Pharmacist at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.

Steven Tang, PharmD
Dr. Tang was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate education, where he acquired his interest in pharmacy. From there, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Houston College Of Pharmacy in 2018. He is currently an Internal Medicine Pharmacist at HCA Houston Healthcare in Conroe, TX.

Ha Neul Yang, PharmD
Dr. Neul Yang was a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Then, she pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Touro University of California and graduated in 2018. She is currently an Emergency Medicine Pharmacist at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX.

2019-2020

Victoria Hamill, PharmD
Dr. Hamill was a PGY1 resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. From there, she received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy.

Amanda Harper, PharmD
Dr. Harper was a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and subsequently pursued a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently a PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident at Baylor Scott & White in Dallas, Texas.

Alexander Rothenberger, PharmD
Dr. Rothenberger was currently a PGY1 pharmacy resident at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. He grew up in Bossier City, LA, and completed undergraduate studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Then he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. He has stayed on and is currently working as a Clinical Pharmacist at Medical Center Hospital.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Submit an application using our Program Match #221213 in the PhORCAS system
  • Applications should include a personal cover letter, official pharmacy academic transcript, and three letters of recommendation
  • Following our review of the applications, qualified candidates will be contacted for an onsite interview

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