A year of planning to keep Perry Memorial Hospital Pharmacy and ultimately Perry’s healthcare environment safer for employees, patients and visitors begins in 2018. A $300,000 investment was committed by the Perry Memorial Hospital Board for renovating the Perry Pharmacy current and compliant with state and federal regulations. The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation board committed $200,000 towards the project on December 14, 2017.
Sue Spratt, Perry Memorial Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair, shared, “The Foundation donation towards the pharmacy project represents our commitment to Perry to provide the healthcare equipment and the work environment, providing the needed to service to our patients and health care partners.”
Documented studies have demonstrated workplace exposure to hazardous medications can adversely affect health care workers. The CDC has evidence of reactions from skin rashes to infertility to leukemia. As a result of recent studies, the United States Pharmacopeia is enacting new regulations to keep pharmacy staffs safe. No level of exposure is acceptable. Workers will be protected while receiving stock, compounding hazardous medications, transporting prepared products and administering the medication to the patient. Cathie Chapman, Rhp, Perry Pharmacy Director said, “Our new hazardous room will allow for safer receipt, storage and compounding of medications. The pharmacy staff is grateful for the new level of safety to assure their continued good health.”
Healthcare is a highly regulated industry in order to keep our patients, providers, and staff safe during care and treatment. This project is necessary for us to meet new requirements for safety of our pharmacists during the compounding of medications which enhance the care and treatment of some of our most vulnerable patients. Annette Schnabel, Perry CEO/President said, “Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation has a history of assisting the hospital to meet care needs through grants for building infrastructure and medical equipment. We are very appreciative of the Foundation Board’s engagement in the hospital’s ability to provide for our community now and into the future.”
Growth and change has been a reoccurring theme in Perry Memorial Hospital’s 98 years of providing compassionate health care to the area community residents. The Healthcare world is changing rapidly. Meeting the needs of the Perry Memorial Hospital service footprint is challenging. Revenue is generated from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and reimbursement rates fluctuate while constantly improving Perry’s delivery of service. Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation supports the hospital by providing the financial support to enhance the services though funding projects which enhance technology and facility improvements. Sue Spratt shared, “Through generous donations and bequests, we recognize the community shares our mission in keeping health care available close to home,” she said.
*Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation was formed in 1991 for the purpose of obtaining funds through charitable contributions to honor its mission. To enhance the financial well-being, through philanthropy, for Perry Memorial Hospital and the people and communities it serves.