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Adventist Health Pharmacy Award & Announcements!

Awards & Recognition

CENTRAL VALLEY – The Pharmacy Department at Adventist Health / Central Valley Network has exciting news to share!

The department was awarded “Site of the Year” for operations, clinical and financial improvement by Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS) – a nationally recognized company that manages 400 hospital pharmacies nationwide for excelling in reforming the above areas.

“We really want to be No. 1 and have the best pharmacy program in the Central Valley,” says Dr. John Choi, executive director of Pharmacy. “Our staff of 50 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians worked hard to improve our processes in 2016.”

In 18 months, the Pharmacy team made the following improvements:

•           Restructured staffing model

•           Implemented new staff training module

•           Revised processes and policies

•           Updated medication formulary and storage and waste procedures

•           Streamlined and optimized medication delivery process

•           Expanded automated medication delivery system

•           Changed the communication process with Nursing staff to ensure that all calls are now answered by a pharmacist

•           Designated pharmacists to work in Nursing units at AMC – H 2 North and 3 South, as well as in the ICU

•           Created a more robust antibiotic stewardship and rigorous medication safety program

These improvements resulted in enhanced services and reduced drug costs.

In 2017, the department will launch its post graduate Pharmacy Residency program.

“The residency program will expose new pharmacy graduates to pharmacy practices in a comprehensive hospital setting,” says Dr. Choi.

The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) residency program will begin on July 1, 2017 and accept two residents for a duration of one year.

Another major project the department is anticipating is the opening of a retail pharmacy at the Lacey Medical Plaza in Hanford. This project is currently in development, and is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

“Our department is constantly evolving,” says Dr. Choi. “We want to lead the region in offering the best services to our patients safely and efficiently.”