April 11, 2011
Medical Center (PMC) is working with Walgreens at 2475 No. U.S. 1 in Mims to
provide patients who are preparing to go home from a hospital stay with a
convenient, bedside medication delivery option.
Medication is often prescribed to help patients heal and recuperate at
home. This new service makes it easy and convenient for patients to have
prescriptions filled and delivered directly to them before leaving the hospital
and eliminates the need for that extra stop on the way home.
As part of this new service, Walgreens provides a full-time pharmacy
technician who is dedicated to PMC. The pharmacy technician visits with a
patient during their hospital stay and asks if they would like prescriptions
filled and delivered to them before leaving the hospital. If they do, the
patient fills out a request form with their physician’s medication orders.
Walgreens handles any necessary insurance authorizations and fills and delivers
the order directly to the patient.
“We want to help ease the transition from hospital to home, and this new
program does that,” said Walgreens Market Vice President Marlin Hutchens. “Every
day, we offer convenience and accessibility to the communities we serve. This
bedside medication delivery service takes that care to another level. For those
who do not live near PMC, patients can always refill their medication at any
“Providing healing patient experiences is our mission and our work with
Walgreens to provide this patient bedside prescription delivery option helps us
further fulfill that mission,” said Edwin Loftin, vice president, nursing,
Parrish Medical Center.
Studies have shown that 50 percent of patients across the country do
not get their prescriptions
filled once discharged from the hospital. Delays in taking prescribed medicines
or missing a dose can result in slowed recovery or even a trip back to the
hospital. This program helps ensure the patient has the medication needed to
stay on the road to recovery once leaving the hospital.
“Together with Walgreens, we are improving patient safety, recovery and
satisfaction,” said Loftin.
Patient benefits include:
Simple request system
Free patient hotline for medication consultation with the
Fast, bedside delivery of physician-ordered prescriptions
Time-saving option that makes transition from hospital to home
Improves compliance to take prescribed medicines for improved