With the construction of the first ever ambulatory pharmacy at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and a newly expanded pharmacy at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Mercy Health and the Mercy Health Foundation will be able to provide any and all medications to all our in-patients prior to their discharge – regardless of their ability to pay. The impact of having medications at the time of discharge and the opportunity to consult with physicians, nurses and pharmacists prior to leaving the hospital is invaluable. Their advice on reactions, side effects and outcomes provide comfort and vital information to our patients and their families.
The Sister Margaret Mary Siegfried, H.M., Ambulatory Pharmacy Project and the “Meds to Beds” initiative will increase the use of medication therapy and disease management once the patient is discharged home. At Mercy Health Youngstown, we can correlate readmissions to lack of prescription medications being obtained and properly used after leaving our Mercy Health facility. Offering highly coordinated, superior level care and implementing a best practice – taking medication to our patients’ beds at the time of discharge will mitigate readmissions, ultimately, fostering a healthier Mahoning Valley.
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