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Two N.J. hospitals team up with Walgreens for patient transitions

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Two South Jersey hospitals are working with Walgreens to help smooth the transition from the hospitals to patients’ homes, they announced Monday.

Lourdes Health System and its parent company, CHE Trinity Health, run Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro. They are working with the nation’s largest drugstore chain on three initiatives: bedside medication delivery and the Walgreens Transitions Program at both hospitals, and the creation of a Walgreens pharmacy within Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.

“Medication noncompliance is a major reason for readmission to the hospital, especially for patients with chronic conditions such as heart failure and diabetes,” said Lourdes Health System President and CEO Alexander J. Hatala. “Working with patients before they leave the hospital and after they are discharged will help ensure patients obtain, understand and take the medicines that are an important part of their health.”

The bedside medication delivery program, which is already in place, brings a Walgreens pharmacy technician to patients while they are still in the hospital to help smooth the fulfillment of discharge prescriptions. The Walgreens Transitions Program is in the process of implementation, and allows a pharmacist to contact patients to review medications and address any questions, then fill the prescription and follow-up about the patients’ status. Finally, the Walgreens Onsite Pharmacy at Our Lady of Lourdes is expected to be completed by fall.

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Eric Strauss

Eric Strauss

Eric Strauss is the digital content editor for NJBIZ. He has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as for a number of websites. You can contact him at erics@njbiz.com or @acerimrat on Twitter.

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