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Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently addressed The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy’s newly enacted state law that will limit the times a prescription can be transferred between pharmacies to once a year. The new law went into effect Jan. 1. The board approved the restriction in November due to pharmacists’ growing concerns for information and communication errors that could endanger patients if multiple transfers are made throughout the course of a year. Although some may complain about losing freedom of choice, pharmacists are saying it’s an issue of patient safety.
Tom Bauer, Registered Pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy, Summa Western Reserve Hospital
Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s New Choice Pharmacy supports the regulation, according to Thomas Bauer, a registered pharmacist and the hospital’s director of pharmacy. “As prescriptions are transferred from pharmacy to pharmacy, the chance for human, as well as electronic, error is bound to increase,” Bauer said. “This new law … should eliminate one more chance of the patient receiving the incorrect medicine.”
- A similar law is already in effect to limit transfer of controlled substances. Controlled substances can go into a statewide database, but there is no such database for other prescriptions.
- The law will help prevent potentially harmful drug-to-drug interactions and drug-to-disease interactions. When a new prescription is filled by a different pharmacy, the medication could negatively interact with another the patient is already taking or with a pre-existing condition, neither of which the new pharmacist may be aware of.
- Limiting transfers among pharmacies will reduce errors and improve overall patient safety.
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Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently announced its outstanding, “Shining Star” employees for December. Summa Western Reserve Hospital uses the Shining Star program to reward and publically recognize “The Best at Western Reserve Hospital”. Any staff member, physician, volunteer, patient or visitor may be nominated by others at the hospital to acknowledge their outstanding behavior and/or service.
The Shining Stars for the month of December include:
Lisa Brunson – 3 West
Kelly Burgess – 3 West
LaDonna Carr – Surgery
Cindy Carter – 2 West
Shawn Coss – 2 West
Cindi Dilworth-Helbig – Radiology
Loretta Doss – 3 West
Mary Dula – Registration
Joanne Fogarty – Perianesthesia
Christina Fox – New Choice Pharmacy
Lindsay Hines – Medical Student
Dr. Daniel Hoehne – Emergency Department
Angel Kessler – 3 West
Debbie Lucas – Medical Records
Fancie McGuire – Endoscopy
Carolyn McLaughlin – Registration
Julie Moledor – Admission Nurse
Emily Musser – 2 West
Gloria Palko – Admission Nurse
Luke Sawyer – Endoscopy
Michelle Smart – 3 West
Renee Tassile – Endoscopy
Leslie Wagner – 2 West
Ali Young – 3 West
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Summa Western Reserve Hospital Presents ‘The Story of Sojourner Truth’ in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Summa Western Reserve Hospital invites the community to a free, 30-minute presentation of “A Woman Called Truth”- The Story of Sojourner Truth by Sandra Fenichel, which will be held Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s Auditorium I. The performance is provided by the Akron-based, diversity-driven Heads Up Productions and is just one of many ways Summa Western Reserve Hospital seeks to engage a diversely rich community and educate patients, guests, friends and neighbors.
“A Woman Called Truth”- The Story of Sojourner Truth stars University of Akron theater student, India Burton and University of Akron theater graduate, Heather Beyer, both of whom are founding members of Heads Up Productions. Both Burton and Beyer have performed in, directed and written several plays.
“In paying tribute to the work, mission and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we feel that the Sojourner Truth story is one which played a significant role in inspiring Dr. King to continue the fight for freedom for all people,” says Robert DeJournett, Director, Community Relations & Diversity at Summa Western Reserve Hospital.
For more information, please contact Robert DeJournett, Director, Community Relations & Diversity at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, (330) 696-5292.