Sheldon S. Sones, R.Ph. FASCP, is President of Sheldon S. Sones and Associates, a pharmacy and accreditation consulting firm based in Newington, Connecticut. Established in 1985, the group specializes in safe medication management and pharmacy consulting to free standing and hospital based ambulatory surgical, endoscopy, and renal dialysis centers with expertise in accreditation success. In addition, his service provides nationally recognized educational programs for medical and nursing staffs with a focus on safe medication strategies and quality measure and improvement opportunities. In August 2006, his firm began assuming medication management quality assurance responsibility for Yale New Haven Hospital’s 30 ambulatory clinics, procedure centers and radiology services.
Sheldon S. Sones and Associates are "cost containment opportunists" for ambulatory surgical and other healthcare organizations keying into drug and equipment runaway costs. He is also a consultant to the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgical Centers Patient Safety Organization working on data management and collection in benchmarking organizational performance.
He is the former President of Omnicare’s Prometheus Pharmacy Unit in Connecticut and Regional Vice President for Corporate Affairs for New England. Prior to joining Omnicare, he had formed Sheldon S. Sones and Associates, a health care consulting firm which specialized in pharmacy services to hospitals, long term care facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers. This eighteen member pharmacist group which served over 100 facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts was acquired by Omnicare in 1996. He is the former Medication Safety Officer and Assistant Director of Pharmacy at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford where he also focused on administrative and operational JCAHO preparation and mock surveys.
Prior to developing his own firm, Mr. Sones served as Associate Administrator and Chief Operating Officer at Memorial Hospital in Meriden, Connecticut, as well as Budget Director. There, he developed the state’s first hospital based industrial medicine program, Medi-Corp, directly marketing its success. He has served on the faculty at the University of Connecticut’s School of Pharmacy as a Clinical Associate and guest lecturer on long term care pharmacy issues and medication safety. In 1997 he was elected an “honorary alumnus”. He is a former faculty member at Yale University School of Nursing, Graduate Division, as well as Wilcox College of Nursing, as lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology.
From 1972 through 1978, Mr. Sones was Director of Pharmacy and Intravenous Therapy as well as Administrative Associate, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Mr. Sones was Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Middlesex Memorial Hospital and Instructor in Pharmacology at the Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing where he was honored with the annual “Sones.Pharmacology Award” named in his honor.
Active in pharmacy legislative affairs, he served two terms as Legislative Chairman for the Connecticut Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), now the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was the founder-chairman of the 16 member Pharmacy Advisory Board to the State Health Department’s Division of Hospital and Medical Care, and chaired the Department’s Public Health Code Revision Committee for Pharmacy Services. He has also served on the State Pharmacy Commission’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Statute Revision.
Organizationally, Mr. Sones is a Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (1998-1999). He has served a two year term on the national Board of Directors of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists representing the New England states through New York and New Jersey, as well as Canada and International Members.. He served (1980-1981) as President and Chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Society of Hospital Pharmacists, President of the Hartford County Pharmaceutical Society, and a three year member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association’s (CPA) Executive Board, as well as numerous committees. His speaking engagements have taken him throughout the United States on behalf of many organizations. His medication safety programs, in particular, have been attended by over 10,000 participants to date.
In January, 1978, as one of the charter members, Mr. Sones was named to the Roche Hospital Pharmacy Advisory Board, which consisted of ten pharmacists who were selected on a nationwide basis. At their annual meeting in 1978, the Connecticut Society of Hospital Pharmacists named him “Pharmacist of the Year”, the highest honor of that society. He is the former host and producer of “Health Journal”, a bi-weekly television show on WHC-TV, West Hartford, which dealt with health-related issues. At their annual meeting in June of 2002, he was named the recipient of the prestigious Professional Practice Award by the Connecticut Pharmacists Association in recognition of sustained and significant contributions to the profession of pharmacy. In June of 2003 he received the Channel 3 Kaderli Award for his volunteer work in making their youth camp medication safe and creating a youth camp model medication management program.
His pharmacology course for nurses, developed in 1968 as one of the nation’s first pharmacology courses specifically designed for statewide presentation, has been presented to over 6000 participants to date in the intervening years, in Connecticut and Massachusetts and enjoyed nationwide distribution via cassette tape. On May 13, 2004, he received the prestigious American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation National Leadership in Education Award, supported by Sanofi-Synthelabo Pharmaceuticals, at their Annual Clinical Meeting in Scottsdale Arizona.
Mr. Sones, father of David, Robbie, Morgan, and Taylor, and grandfather to Alex and Aiden, was elected in 2005 to the Newington Town Council, Newington Connecticut, having served also as Commissioner on the Zoning Board and the Environmental Quality Commissions, and the School Building Committee. He lives in Newington with his children and wife, the former Kathleen Spurgas.
SHELDON S. SONES 15 COACHMEN LANE NEWINGTON, CT. 06111 (860) 604 0014