The executive management and staff of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) congratulates the pharmacy department for being recognized nationally for its recent Med-to-Bed initiative, which was launched last year. JFL’s Med-to-Bed program was featured in the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) online publication in January.
JFL Acting CEO Richard T. Evangelista said, “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.”
The medical center 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.
The 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 it can help them avoid challenges with transportation or wait times in the pharmacy.
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, 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 full story can be accessed at the following Web site: http://www.qionews.org/ensuring-patients-get-medications-improve-post-discharge-outcomes