Walgreens transfers operations of 4 retail clinics to Florida’s Sacred Heart Health System
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens and Sacred Heart Health System on Monday signed an agreement to have Sacred Heart operate and provide all clinical services at four retail health clinics to be located within Walgreens stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
“With the changing needs of patients in today’s healthcare environment, forming deeper and more collaborative relationships with health systems is key,” said Pat Carroll, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “We continue to expand our relationships with established community health systems, like Sacred Heart, in efforts to enhance care coordination for our patients. We look forward to collaborating even more with Sacred Heart as they share our commitment to provide convenient access to high quality and affordable health care services.”
Two existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are planned to transition to Sacred Heart this spring at which time the clinics will become an extension of the Sacred Heart Medical Group. Walgreens will continue to manage these Healthcare Clinic locations until that time. In addition, Sacred Heart plans to open two new retail clinics in other area Walgreens stores in the spring.
All of the sites will be named Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens.
This new clinic agreement expands on an existing clinical collaboration and pharmacy relationship between Walgreens and Sacred Heart focused on enhanced communications to better coordinate care. Today’s agreement further improves care coordination by fully integrating the clinics into Sacred Heart Medical Group. In addition, Walgreens operates an on-site pharmacy at Sacred Heart Hospital’s main campus, where Walgreens provides pharmacy services for Sacred Heart patients and employees.
“Our collaboration with Walgreens is an important step in Sacred Heart’s commitment to improve access to care and to improve the health of the communities we serve,” stated Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “The convenience of Walgreens locations and its pharmacy services along with Sacred Heart’s personalized care and expertise, will advance our efforts to improve the health of our patients. We want to offer the most appropriate level of care to consumers when and where they need it.”
As part of the agreement, Walgreens and Sacred Heart will also form a collaborative council to share best practices and experiences that aim to improve patient care, quality and satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.
Sacred Heart plans to operate the Sacred Heart Clinic at Walgreens locations seven days a week, including evenings, giving patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment. Services will be provided by board-certified nurse practitioners who provide care for common minor illnesses and injuries. Sacred Heart will continue to evaluate the possibility of new services in the future.
Sacred Heart serves seven counties along the Gulf Coast between Apalachicola, Fla. and Gulf Shores, Ala. The hub of the Sacred Heart system is its 566-bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
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KGI School of Pharmacy reprises Shark Tank App Competition
CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy recently announced the results from its second annual Shark Tank App Competition, held in early December as part of its PHAR 403 course. The competition saw 13 six-person teams pitch their ideas to a panel of five judges, including KGI president Sheldon Schuster, IBM Los Angeles city manager Chuck Skiko, MedTech Innovator Program director Kathryn Zavala and Lab Launch founder and CEO Llewellyn Cox.
The winning team pitched a product called PharmaSpeed, a multifunctional, software-integrated device with capabilities for prescription loading, scanning, transcribing, labeling and storage. Its creators, which included Danielle Tessier, Kristina Joo, Sun Kim, Shilpa Krishnan, Patricia Sedlock, and Stephanie Truong, designed it with the intention of maximizing time, improving pharmacy workflow and enabling the pharmacy using the device to focus on patient-centered care.
“We accomplished the main goal of this learning exercise, which was to look at the current state of pharmacy automation and imagine the technologies of the future,” course instructor Armen Simonian said. “All of the teams were winners. Every student took the challenge to heart, and they all went above and beyond in their effort to create and promote their ideas. As their instructor, I could not be more proud. The students, again this year, made this event exciting, meaningful, and inspirational.”
Among the other pitches were:
- On the Spot Rx, a clinical services kiosk aimed at enhancing utilization of pharmacy clinical services, developed by Nabeel Asif, Russle Benson, Megan Babakhanian, Tim Grun, Monique Maison and Keith Suehiro
- Aura, a respiratory rate detection watch for long-term opioid users that could help prevent harm and potential death as a result of respiratory depression due to opioid overdose, developed by Dillon Hui, Ashish Brahmbhatt, Pranav Bhakta, Martha Ramirez, Howraa Alasker and Marcus McClure
- An application, OTCheck that allows patients to create their own personal health profile — including demographics, allergies, medical conditions and current medications — with the goal of providing convenient access to the OT product most suited to a patient’s symptoms based on their health information, developed by Tsovinar Akopyan, Zainab Hameed, Nairi Mrktchian, Ivy Dino, My Nguyen and Joshua Blackmore;
- RxBand, a watch for improcing patient adherence through online monitoring by providers and a patient’s family, developed by Mintra Muanraksa, Tanya Lengvilas, Jasmin Kojasaryan, Mark Lua, Karlie Grate, Lida Choe and Aaron Bohlmann;
- MMMeds, and adherence solution that rewards good patient adherence with discounts for prescriptions, developed by Conor Moldowan, Emet Medina, Sherryl Chico, Trina Nerow, Jae Chang, Anasheh Navasarkian;
- OTC Touch, a camera scanner that scans the front labels or barcodes of OTC prodicts to offer patients price comparisons and provide a summary of directions, aimed at educating patients while simplifying the comparison and buying process, developed by Daniel Phan, Marina Girgis, Silvia Byram, Sara Sheik, Melony Medina, Vanessa Luong and Dominic Goria;
- EzScribe, a secure tablet that can produce an e-prescription for a patient or electronically send a prescription to the pharmacy of a patient’s choice, developed by Marjan Askari, Haisun Chu, Georgia Hovsepian, Ngoc Duyen Nguyen, Wasien Phungkusol and Hannah Suh;
- MedLit, a customizable, personalized electronic medical bracelet that provides automatic updates of patient health information, a medication list and displays refill reminders, developed by Julienne Hattar, Peter Tran, William Pao, Ada Vo, Yumin Jeon, Ilona Kravtsova and James Shin;
- Guard4U, a reusable at-home unit dose packaging system that dispenses the medication into individual packages for the day, aimed at reducing medication errors and improving adherence by simplifying drug regimen organization, developed by Kofi Atta-Boateng, Neiloofar Jafari, John Kim, Shellen Li, Dane Osmond, and Caroline Yalda;
- Smartphone application Vax, which provides a record of immunizations received and reminders about upcoming immunizations, developed by Rohit Amarshi, Jessica Tan, Tiffany La, Soufya Zohreh-Kermany, Christopher Cheung and Aram Shim; and
- Cover Check, an app that lets patients compare the cost and coverage for medication, aimed at bridging a gap for patients so they know if their medication is covered ahead of time, developed by Joselino Cabrera, Tungie Williams, Meera Patel, Janet Kang, Rupangi Patel and Julie Nguyen.
“Being in this school is definitely giving us an edge to see what’s out there and making us very well-rounded pharmacists and individuals,” RxBand team member Mintra Muanraksa said. “This competition also makes us more confident in going out into the working field.”