Sentara Healthcare, NuScriptRX partner in Long Term Care pharmacy management
August 7, 2014
NORFOLK, VA – Sentara Healthcare, a leading not-for-profit integrated health system based in Norfolk, VA., has gone from customer to investor in Nashville-based NuScriptRX, a pharmacy management company that enhances medication safety in long term care facilities while reducing waste and costs.
NuScriptRX has developed a fully automated on-site eMedStat medication dispensing system and a full service centralized pharmacy that offers 7-day medication replenishment versus the industry standard of 30 days. This ensures a more timely response to medication changes and up to 60% reduction in product waste and 10-15% in cost savings. Daily dosage packaging can reduce medication pass times from 35-50%. The NuScriptRX system also helps improve medication safety with online patient records.
“LTC residents can be admitted at all hours of the day and night, 365 days of the year,” said Dan Haron, CEO of NuScriptRX and a 30-year veteran of pharmacy management. “Our eMedStat computerized dispensing system stocks up to 380 medications, ensuring timely administration, improved satisfaction and a smoother work experience for employees based on the ability to provide medication from eMedStat for new admissions, new orders and stat doses within 60-90 minutes of order entry.”
“We were impressed with NuScriptRX after we launched their system in our facilities,” said Bruce Robertson, president of Sentara Life Care, which operates seven nursing centers, three assisted living villages and two PACE programs in Virginia and North Carolina. “As we started to see the results, we saw an opportunity to improve medication safety in long term care outside Sentara by investing in NuScriptRX and advocating for them with other LTC facilities.”
Sentara Healthcare has become a 12% partner in NuSciptRX, which includes a seat on the Board.
“Sentara is committed to continuous improvement in patient safety and the customer experience,” Robertson added. “We are exploring partnerships with game-changing products and services that will be in high demand in healthcare, and we believe NuScriptRX is one such partner.”
Dan Haron adds, “Sentara’s commitment to safety and quality aligns perfectly with ours and we are delighted to have this nationally respected healthcare provider as a partner. This relationship provides for a strategic foundation that will enable NuScriptRX to continue to move to a market leading position as an innovative pharmacy solution provider to the long-term care industry.”
NuScriptRX is an institutional pharmacy that serves the pharmaceutical needs of long-term care facilities and their residents. Our mission is to empower our long-term care partners and enable them to distinguish themselves as industry leaders in patient safety, quality of care, lower per patient day cost, and reduction in med-pass times. We will continually revolutionize the industry’s standard of service for the benefit of our partners, and the residents we are honored to serve.
About Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare celebrates a 125-year history of innovation, compassion and community benefit. Based in Norfolk, VA, Sentara is a diverse not-for-profit family of 12 hospitals, an array of integrated services and a team 28,000 strong on a mission to improve health every day. This mandate is pursued through a disciplined strategy to achieve Top 10% performance in key measures through shared best practices, transformation of primary care through clinical integration and strategic growth that adds value to the communities we serve in Virginia and North Carolina.