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Oct 18, 2021 / Spotlight

Get to Know our Staff: Tracy Dye, Pharmacy

What is your job title/your role at Scottish Rite for Children?  
I am a staff pharmacist. 

What do you do daily or what sort of duties do you have at work? 
Working together with our other pharmacists and health care providers, I ensure that all medications and doses are safe and appropriate for our patients. I also check for drug interactions and patient allergies and provide medicine information for our providers. For patients who are seen in clinic or are discharging after surgery, I fill prescriptions for home use.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here or what led you to Scottish Rite? How long have you worked here? 
My first job was at age 15 at the Park Lane Twin Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a movie house with only two theaters, and it had film rooms where a projectionist ran the movies. I worked primarily in the concession stand. 

Many years later, after graduating with a biology degree from Abilene Christian University and getting married, I was accepted to the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin. Upon getting my license, my husband and I moved to the Dallas area, and I worked for about a year at Eckerd Drug. That was long enough to know that my skill set was better spent with a clinical team in a hospital. I worked at Zale Lipshy University Hospital for about 13 years, where my director for part of that time was none other than Stacie Bukowsky, my friend from pharmacy school and also my current director here at Scottish Rite. I left ZLUH a couple of years after Stacie did. I took on a brief job with a staffing agency until one day I got a call, seemingly out of the blue, from Stacie asking if I would come work with her team at Scottish Rite. Of course I said yes, and have been here for 13 years. 

What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
I work with some fantastic professionals, both in my department and throughout the hospital. I love hearing about our research and the impact it has on our patients!

Tell us something about your job that others might not already know. 
I participate in a couple of committees here at Scottish Rite. One is the Pharmacy/Nursing Committee, where we meet to discuss work flow issues between the pharmacy and nursing departments and medication safety concerns. The other is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Huddle where we meet three times a week to ensure that all active antibiotic orders are being used appropriately. I also worked with our Neurology department in a recent drug study that was conducted at Scottish Rite. This study helped get FDA approval for a new medication!

What energizes you outside of work?
I have always loved to travel and do outdoor activities like hiking trails, fishing, and UTV trails. Recently, I have found that I have a green thumb and a love of upcycling thrifted finds or small furniture pieces.

What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
I’m married to a West Texan who actually played high school football during the Friday Night Lights era, so football is king in our house. We root for The University of Texas, Abilene Christian University and the Dallas Cowboys (many others as well.) Throughout the last decade we have also become big hockey and Dallas Stars fans!! 

What is special about the place you grew up?
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but the place that is truly special to me is my mother’s family home in West Tennessee. I spent all of my summers there on the farm when I was a kid, being outside with my cousins from sunrise to well after dark. Sometimes we worked to help set out sweet potatoes, deliver baby pigs or take produce to market, but we spent a lot of time fishing, riding around on three-wheelers and eating fresh watermelon and cantaloupe, too. 

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
Right now, I would love to visit a lot of places, but Iceland and Greece are probably at the top of the list.

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