SwedishAmerican Hospital has introduced the first full-service outpatient pharmacy among the Rockford region's health systems.
The main focus of the pharmacy and the hospital's new "med-to-bed" program is to give patients who are about to be discharged the proper medication they'll need once they leave the hospital.
Pharmacy staff will identify patients scheduled to leave the hospital within one to two days, go to their room, double check the medications they're currently taking, verify insurance, process co-pays, and deliver new medication to their bedside.
"Making sure patients go home on the correct medications is a big safety concern in healthcare nationwide," SwedishAmerican Pharmacy Director Tom Carey said. "We will be taking additional steps to ensure there are no duplications, omissions, or contradictions — especially if new medications are added as part of the hospitalization."
The pharmacy is located on the hospital's third floor, near the East State Street entrance. It will be open to patients and employees Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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