Contact: Thomas Hottman
A new outpatient pharmacy in the lobby of Sky Lakes Medical Center will open Monday.
The pharmacy, which took over the space previously occupied by the gift shop that now sits on the other side of the lobby, has been about five years in the making, said outpatient pharmacy manager Dave Crawford.
The goal of having a pharmacy within the hospital itself is to offer the community more seamless care, he said.
The convenient location means a patient or their family does not have to make an extra stop on the way home from the hospital, or from any of the other medical clinics in the hilltop area. When you are sick or in pain, or concerned about a family member, all you want to do is go home, not make that extra stop at the pharmacy, Crawford explained.
It's a much better experience, he said.
"We're just looking to be a service and give the people what they deserve or at least what they want," he said.
The new pharmacy is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including a fax system that will automatically upload and prioritize prescriptions sent from doctors' offices, Crawford said.
The new pharmacy was originally proposed by the hospital's director of pharmacy services Mychal Amos about five years ago, when he took note of the growing trend evident in nearby hospitals in Bend and in Medford, explained Crawford, who started his new position in May after many years of pharmacy experience in the Basin.
Construction on the new space began early this year when The Oasis gift shop moved, said Sky Lakes spokesman Tom Hottman.
Within the next few months, the goal is to have a system in place to also deliver prescriptions directly to patients, Crawford said.
The outpatient pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., although those hours could expand later.
PHOTO: Long-time pharmacist Dave Crawford, RPh, is manager of Sky Lakes Outpatient Pharmacy.