LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is laying the foundations of a three-part partnership with BayCare Health System with the opening of three pharmacies, each of which is located inside a BayCare hospital. Publix is set to open pharmacies at two more hospitals, which will mark 10 Publix pharmacies in BayCare facilities. Each pharmacy will offer prescriptions when patients are discharged, as well as access to specialty medications and refills at any Public pharmacy location.
“Opening BayCare in-hospital pharmacies is part of the exciting collaboration we announced in March,” Publix VP pharmacy operations Fred Ottolino said. “It isn’t just about filling prescriptions as patients leave the hospital; it’s about providing a continuum of convenient medical care. As our relationship grows, we hope to bring even more care options to both BayCare patients and Publix customers.”
The pharmacies are the first step in a three-pronged partnership between Public and Baycare. By 2018, Publix locations throughout Florida’s Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Polk counties will be outfitted with BayCare HealthHub kiosks that offer self-service biometric screenings for such information as blood pressure, pulse, weight and body mass index, offering patients the option of sending the results directly to their physicians.
“We are excited about this important step in providing seamless, connected care that improves health and care delivery,” BayCare EVP/COO Glenn Waters said. “Our care doesn’t end when a patient leaves a BayCare hospital and neither should our medication management for our patients. The Publix operation of on-site hospital retail pharmacies will facilitate the opportunity for continuity of medication management as patients are discharged from our hospitals.”
And in the next two years, Public locations in the four counties will house roughly 25 walk-in telehealth clinics for non-urgent medical care through a private room with teleconferencing and medical diagnostic equipment.
“Having an additional option for non-urgent medical care in Publix stores provides a quick and easy alternative for customers to seek treatment for non-urgent conditions,” Ottolino said. We are excited to partner with BayCare to provide this innovative offering as we continue to expand our pharmacy services.”