Call Room Staff Credentials
The nurses, pharmacists, and other poison information providers who answer the emergency telephone lines undergo rigorous training to respond quickly and professionally to each call. All staff members receive formal training at the Washington Poison Center before they go on line and then receive ongoing training. They work together as a dedicated team to handle any poison crisis or question.
Besides being licensed as a nurse or pharmacist, each health-degreed staff member must pass an intensive national toxicology examination to qualify as a poison information specialist. At least two years of clinical experience and meticulous study are required to successfully complete the exam.
The Washington Poison Center is unique in that it also requires non-health-degreed staff members, Poison Information Provides, to pass a similar certification exam. The test was developed by the Washington Poison Center and modeled after the exam given to nurses and pharmacists. All Poison Information Provider (PIP) staff members have a science background and extensive experience working in a health care environment. PIPs are supervised by pharmacists and nurses; and all staff are supported by board-certified physician toxicologists at all times.
Call Center Staff
- Medical Director/Executive Director: Erica Liebelt, MD
- Clinical Managing Director: Alexander Garrard, PharmD, DABAT
- Consulting Toxicologist: Carl Skinner, MD
- Consulting Toxicologist: Suzan Mazor, MD
- Associate Medical Director: Betty Chen, MD
- Associate Medical Director: Matt Valento, MD
- Consulting Toxicologist: Melissa Halliday-Gittinger, DO
- Consulting Toxicologist: Scott Phillips, MD
- Business Manager: Jan Binks
- Operations Manager: Katie Von Derau, RN
- Health Education & Outreach Specialist: Arti Patel, MPH, CHES
- Health Education & Outreach Specialist: Jared O’Connor, MPH
- Executive Assistant: Wendy Russell
Media Inquiries can be directed to Arti Patel, Health Education and Outreach Specialist, at 206-517-2380
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