Officially our nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital has been a stalwart pillar of its surrounding Philadelphia community since its founding in 1751. No wonder than, with over two and a half centuries of history and continuous service behind it, the hospital inspires its employees to “give back” to the community.
“When I was still in school I was very involved in community outreach,” said Alyssa Vaysman, PharmD, Outpatient Pharmacy supervisor at Pennsylvania Hospital. “It’s something that I’ve really been missing. At the end of the day, I got into health care to help people and I got into community and outpatient pharmacy because I love interacting with patients.”
Alyssa Vaysman, PharmD, Outpatient Pharmacy supervisor and Carmela Bynum, Pharmacy technician at Pennsylvania Hospital
It was through her interacting with patients that Alyssa recognized a very real, very specific need in the older adult population. “Prior to working at Pennsylvania Hospital I worked for CVS, participating in annual flu shot clinics at various assisted living facilities and nursing homes. We were there to talk with residents about the importance of getting a flu vaccine but they always had other questions about their medications – how to take them, side effects, etc.,” said Alyssa. “But we were so busy giving out flu shots that we weren’t able to answer all of their questions.” With her current position at the Hospital, Alyssa realized she now has the opportunity to work with the community as she’s always wanted. “This gave me the idea to contact a local facility and set up a venue to address the needs of our older adult community and apply for grant funding.”