St. Mary’s Hospital welcomes modernized pharmacy

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — After four years of planning, St. Mary’s new pharmacy is open, active and state-of-the-art. The pharmacy was designed to improve drug distribution and enhance patient safety.

Current pharmacy workers say having windows and increasing the overall space helps.

“Everything is housed in one area and we can do multiple things with it,” shares Amber Wittwer, Certified Pharmacy Tech Advance, “We can already see areas where we probably need to add a second technology to what I’m doing or add another check in Room IV, just so we can keep up with the demand for whatever we’re doing.

The new space is designed for automated efficiency. The new Boxpicker technology is even connected to medical records. Pharmacy manager Rudy Bormann says the new compounding suite is secure with fewer contacts and lots of checks.

“A technician can run the station and not only deliver the medicine to a box here, take it out and scan the barcodes and also enter key issues into the station in terms of expiration dates and numbers. batch,” pharmacy manager Rudy describes Bormann.

Administrators have prescribed new training, new workflows, and learning the tricks of the trade for the next six to twelve months. Bormann finds it worth the effort – knowing that the seasoned pharmacy team has accomplished something essential.

“The fact that we got it right, with the whole supply chain issue, with the whole design; this team, I hope, will look back years from now on what we have accomplished. I say we did a great job and I’m very proud of that,” says Bormann.

Technicians securely send prescription medication through the tube system or hand-deliver medication if more sensitive.

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