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Martha's Moving: The Pharmacy

By: Bailey Disselkoen Email
By: Bailey Disselkoen Email

October 25, 2010

Construction of the new Martha Jefferson Hospital continues. The pharmacy at the new hospital will provide many benefits for both employees and patients.

One major benefit will be efficiency, says Tom Rapp the Pharmacy Operation's Manager. "We will be able to make more IV's per hour, and make them much faster to service our Emergency Department faster," said Rapp.

Rapp says simplicity is the most dramatic technology upgrade.

"Because a space has to be sterile, it is purposefully designed so that there are not a lot of nooks and crannies. That for us is the biggest change. In our current environment we have had to stack and stash things where ever we have had the space. For us, we are able to spread out, enjoy, and utilize the space," added Rapp.

The new pharmacy will be four times larger than the old one.

"While we have limitations in our old space and could only put so much automation in, we will really be able to optimize that here. The more automation we have, the more we are dispensing bar-code technology, the safer it is for our patients," said Janet Silvester, Director of Pharmacy and Emergency Services.

The increase of size means that the entire staff will be able to work in the same building.

"Today, about one third of our staff has to work outside of the pharmacy because we simply do not have the space. As we added automation to the pharmacy people had to leave. It created problems and challenges. It will be great to have our entire team together," said Silvester.

The setup of the new pharmacy also works to create a calmer environment for employees.

"Because we are in a pharmacy and on the ground floor, we never get to have windows. You really have to improve the environment in other ways. You look around and you see a lot of work surfaces are not just stainless steel," continued Silvester.

Silvester says that patients will see the results. She notes that if the employees are happy, then they will be able to provide even better care to patients.

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