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A Peek Under the Counter of PAH’s New Outpatient Pharmacy

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Apothecary. Drug Store. Pharmacy. No matter what you call them, they do the same, vitally important thing: prepare and dispense medicine.

Over time, the local pharmacy has become a community staple, expanding to provide more and more health care and retail services. And in today’s world, hospital pharmacies are no different. The Outpatient Pharmacy at Pennsylvania Hospital moved to a new, larger location on April 13, where it now offers expanded services and products to patients, employees and community residents. All employees were invited to attend an open house April 9, for a ribbon cutting ceremony which officially kicked-off the Pharmacy’s reopening and to tour the brand new facility.

PAH opened the first hospital pharmacy in the original 13 U.S. colonies in 1752. The pharmacy remained in the original, historic Pine building for next 175 years. During OutPt-Pharm-Ribbon-Cut_croppedthis time the pharmacy only served hospital inpatients. Once the pharmacy was moved into a newer hospital building it still only served inpatients but eventually did expand service to employees. Then, in 2001, a small Outpatient Pharmacy (OP) was designated on the first floor of the hospital’s Spruce building, across the street from the main hospital complex, to accommodate outpatients, employees and community members.

Over the past 14 years, the OP remained in the same space with only one walk-up window. But that’s about the only thing that didn’t change as its work grew exponentially.

Today, the six staff members of the PAH OP fill approximately 40,000 prescriptions annually – which translates into an average of 163 prescriptions filled per day during its Monday to Friday operations. That’s means staff average filling over 20 prescriptions an hour, all while working with physicians and hospital staff and assisting customers.

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Holy Patient Safety, Batman! We’re All Superheros!

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Doing Both His Families Proud

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Another Successful Patient Safety Fair

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After three years of careful planning -- with input from hundreds of people across multiple disciplines -- the Pavilion for Advanced Care (PAC) officially opened its doors last month at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The new 178,000 squ...Full story

PPMC’s All-Star Celebration

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Screening Key to Beat Colon Cancer before It Starts

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March is home to the first day of spring, the start of Daylight Saving Time and St. Patrick’s Day, but more importantly, March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. This time of year hospitals and health care organizations get together to educ...Full story

Gospelrama: 20 Years of Rejoicing!

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This year’s Gospelrama started off with a bang! In fact, several of them as the Pathfinders “Lightbearers” drum corps kicked off the celebration, amazing the audience with its precision beats and moves. Theirs was just the first of many won...Full story

New Art Exhibition Like a Breath of Fresh Air

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Each year, the walls of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Penn Tower Bridge come alive with framed art and photography as part of the Celebration of Art and Life Exhibition. The exhibition not only showcases the many talents...Full story

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