Pharmacy First Department in New Sutter Women’s and Children’s Center

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 | 0 comments

The Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pharmacy moved Feb. 8 into the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center’s third floor, which will be its new, permanent home on the expanded midtown campus.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pharmacy Technician Sabina Zildzic uses one of the new automated dispensers inside the new SMCS Pharmacy.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pharmacy Technician Sabina Zildzic uses one of the new automated dispensers inside the new SMCS Pharmacy.

The SMCS Pharmacy moved from its former space in Sutter General Hospital’s basement and became the first department and second area of the new hospital to get the green light for occupancy. Last year, the entryway and stairs leading to the Radiation Oncology Center, or ROC, located in the basement of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion and the Women’s and Children’s Center was opened for staff and patients.

When the expanded campus opens this summer, the 6,500-square-foot third-floor space will be the center of operations for Pharmacy, with a satellite center in the NICU on the Women’s and Children’s Center seventh floor, along with the current satellite pharmacies on the fourth and fifth floors in Sutter General Hospital, which will be renamed the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.

The Pharmacy at Sutter Memorial Hospital will continue to provide services until Move Day in August. At that point, the SMCS Pharmacy’s 117 employees will be housed on the expanded campus.

Located just on the other side of the third floor spanning structure over L Street, the Pharmacy is in an excellent, centralized location to provide its services throughout the campus in a quick and efficient manner. The new Pharmacy includes a state-of-the-art USP 797 sterile compounding area that improves the safety of the compounding environment and the products produced there. USP 797 refers to chapter 797 in the United States Pharmacopeia National Formulary, “Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations,” which describes the guidelines, procedures and compliance requirements for compounding sterile preparations and sets the standards that apply to all settings in which sterile preparations are compounded.

“Our compounding space is going to look a lot like Surgery now,” said SMCS Pharmacy Director Kevin Brown. “We have met all the rigorous requirements to ensure the compounding area is fully compliant with USP 797.”

In addition, three new dispensing carousels have been purchased and have been programmed with all of the medications SMCS uses, giving the Pharmacy an added safety component and continuous inventory of all medications dispensed from the carousels and from staff.

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Center, Buildings, News, Sutter General Hospital/Ose Adams Medical Pavilion, Technology | 0 comments

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