Beginning April 2, the pharmacy at Huguley Memorial Medical Center opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week to optimize patient care, to improve patient safety and to enhance the partnership between the physician, clinical staff and the pharmacist. Two new pharmacists and three pharmacy techs have been hired to staff the pharmacy during the expanded hours.
Having a pharmacist on-site, around-the-clock optimizes patient care and improves patient safety by having 24-hour access to:
- Pharmacist intervention on clinically urgent medication issues, including antibiotic consultation, tailored antibiotic therapy, and antibiotic monitoring
- Individual dosing on all medications for patients with kidney and liver dysfunction
- Drug/drug, drug/lab and drug/nutrition interaction and allergy checking
- Collaboration between pharmacists and dieticians to meet nutritional needs for patients unable to eat
- Medication counseling on discharge at a patient’s or physician’s request.
The extended pharmacy hours will enhance the partnership between physicians and pharmacists by continuous availability of drug information and consultation from an on-site pharmacist. Having 24-hour service will also complete the loop of provider checks and balances and maximize process efficiency, from prescribing to computer order entry to drug administration.
“Having a pharmacist always present benefits the patients and their physicians,” said James Hall, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy at Huguley Memorial Medical Center. “If a critical medication issue arises at any hour, a pharmacist can address it.”
Prior to April 2, the pharmacy is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, with a pharmacist on call during the night. To accommodate the new hours, two pharmacists and three pharmacy techs have joined the staff at Huguley Memorial Medical Center. Craig Foret has 25 years’ experience as a registered pharmacist, most recently with Walgreen’s in Burleson. The Burleson resident earned a B.S. in pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana, and he holds an M.B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Angela Hodges earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University in Houston. A board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, she has nine years’ experience in both hospital and retail pharmacies. A resident of Fort Worth, she worked for Regency Hospital of Fort Worth before coming to Huguley.
Huguley has also hired three pharmacy techs, Benjamin Asamoah, Ola Fadimilehin, and Deanna Pruitt.