Special Delivery

A new program at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East allows a growing number of patients to skip a trip to the pharmacy on the way home from the hospital by delivering their prescriptions to the bedside.

A program of CHI Saint Joseph Health Community Pharmacy, Meds to Beds is a concierge pharmacy service available to patients on a handful of units at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East, with plans to expand to all inpatients in the future. Individuals who participate in the program receive their prescriptions in their room prior to discharge.

“Some patients find it challenging to visit a pharmacy on the way home because they may lack transportation,” said Marla Whitaker, PharmD, director of pharmacy services for Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East in Lexington. “They may have to use a ride-share service or taxi just to get home. With Meds to Beds, a Community Pharmacy employee takes prescriptions directly to hospital rooms, which saves patients time and effort, and helps them comply with their physicians’ orders. It also helps them reduce public exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Already popular with patients, Meds to Beds offers another benefit: Patients can use telemedicine to consult a pharmacist about their prescriptions before they leave the hospital.

For more information about the community pharmacies at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East, click here.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 edition of Spirit of Health. For more stories like this one, subscribe to Spirit of Health magazine today.