JFL Pharmacy Med-to-Bed Program Recognized Nationally

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The Executive management and staff of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) would like to congratulate the Pharmacy department on being recognized nationally for their recent Med-to-Bed initiative launched last year. JFL’s Med-to-Bed program was featured in the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) online publication in January.  JFL Acting CEO Atty. Richard T. Evangelista remarked “I would like to extend congratulations to Ms. Laura Forbes and the Pharmacy Staff for the national recognition, and for their continuous dedication to providing quality patient care.”

JFL has been working with the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), the QIO representing the Virgin Islands and several other states, to help improve the care delivered to patients. HSAG provided the support to help implement JFL’s Med-to-Bed program, and recommended the article for publication to spotlight the new program for the hospital.

The Med-to-Bed program is a service offered in some hospitals where medications are delivered to a patient’s bedside prior to discharge.   It was implemented locally as part of JFL’s continuing commitment to providing quality healthcare. This initiative guarantees that the patient has immediate access to their prescriptions, and can help them avoid challenges with transportation or wait times in the pharmacy to fill a prescription. An added benefit is that pharmacists are also available to properly educate patients about their medications before they go home. Med-to-Bed is a free program, so there is no charge for the delivery service. However, the patients are responsible for paying for their prescriptions.

JFL’s pharmacy department introduced the program last May. Participating pharmacies include Diamond Pharmacy, Golden Rock Pharmacy, The Medicine Shoppe, Neighborhood Pharmacy, and both locations of the Mount Welcome Pharmacy.

 

The story can be accessed at the following web address:

http://www.qionews.org/ensuring-patients-get-medications-improve-post-discharge-outcomes