Patients and staff at Franciscan Health Crown Point will have a convenient option for filling necessary prescriptions with the opening of a new outpatient retail pharmacy at the hospital.
Pharmacy staff celebrated the opening on Nov. 16 with a blessing conducted by Fr. Tony Janik, director of spiritual care for Franciscan Health Crown Point. The outpatient pharmacy is the sixth for Franciscan Health, joining facilities in Hammond, Michigan City, Olympia Fields, Lafayette and Indianapolis.
Outpatient Pharmacy Manager William Sahy said the pharmacy is open to the public and plays an important role for patients with a “med to bed” service. Patients can have their discharge prescriptions filled, processed through their insurance and delivered. “We bring it all directly to bedside so they never have to leave their room to get their medications, and when they’re ready to be discharged, they can just go straight home,” he said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the service saves patients an outside trip to a pharmacy. It also helps prevent readmissions caused by patients not picking up the medications needed to finish their treatment. “Us being able to save them that one step really helps with overall healthcare,” Sahy said.
Franciscan Health employees insured through Franciscan will pay their lowest copays when they fill their prescriptions at the hospital pharmacy.
“We look forward to building and fostering relationships with all patients, both employees and members of the community. We will work collaboratively to provide both service excellence and thoughtful compassionate care,” Sahy said.
The pharmacy, located on Franciscan Health Crown Point’s first floor next to the cafeteria, is open weekdays from 7AM to 6PM. For more information, call (219) 681-6814.