St. John Valley

Hospital purchases local retail pharmacy

FORT KENT, Maine — Peter Sirois, president and CEO of Northern Maine Medical Center, has announced the purchase of MADRx, a retail pharmacy located in Madawaska.

“The purchase of a retail pharmacy aligns with our philosophy of patient-centered care,” said Sirois. “Acquiring the retail pharmacy will allow us as a healthcare provider to close the loop and integrate the inpatient hospital experience with the outpatient services.”

Scott Richards, RPh, NMMC pharmacy director said, “Having this opportunity to close the loop for our patients is a goal that every pharmacist would love to have.

The service we will provide for our patients is unique.”

Richards said this is important because it supports patient safety by adding more levels of support for patients to understand and adhere to their medication regimen.

“We will have access to patient records, lab work, hospital medications, discharge medications and original home medications,” he said. “With this information we will be able to properly reconcile the patient’s medications when they leave the hospital and reduce the risk of duplicate or missing medications.”

NMMC also plans to offer professional education to support wellness and disease prevention once the renovations to the building have been completed.

“We have knowledgeable professionals on site at the hospital — social workers, financial counselors, nurses, and so many other clinicians who can share their expertise to assist patients with various aspects of health management and disease prevention,” said Richards.

In the future, NMMC plans to fill and deliver prescriptions for patients prior to their discharge from the hospital, saving them from needing to go to a pharmacy after leaving the hospital, when most patients simply want to get home.  

For more information, go to www.nmmc.org and visit the Services tab.

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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