JCHC Board Discusses Pharmacy Remodel

JCHC Board Discusses Pharmacy Remodel

The Johnson County Healthcare Center's Board of Trustees again discussed the proposed remodel of the pharmacy that has been a meeting topic in recent months.

Board member Dr. Mark Schueler has been looking into options for the remodel, which has been estimated to cost roughly $250,000 to complete.
Dr. Schueler told the board during their most recent meeting that the reason for the proposed remodel is due to a new industry requirement that will go into effect in 2018 that requires an upgrade to a facility's pharmacy area to mix certain “hazardous” drugs on-site.

He explained that with the current state of the local economy, now may not be the best time to pay for an expensive upgrade to the facility when for the foreseeable future, the healthcare center could see significant savings by purchasing the needed drugs from other hospitals or pharmacies in the region that would mix them at their sites and have the JCHC then pay the other facilities for the service.

According to the discussions, the hopital's pharmacist is on-board with the possibility of out-sourcing the drugs if necessary, but the drugs can still be mixed in-house through June of 2018.

The board and Facility Administrator Nicole Hobbs will continue discussing the issue to reach a decision in the next few months.


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