Meds to Beds Program presented at Premier Breakthroughs Conference

CORBIN -- Premier held their annual Breakthroughs Conference in Nashville this year. Breakthroughs is Premier's annual knowledge sharing and collaboration event designed to bring people, ideas and innovations together to transform healthcare.

Cliff Niemeier, RPh, Executive Director of Pharmacy, and Lynn McArthur, PharmD, MHA, Director of Pharmacy, were invited to present Baptist's Meds to Beds program and share how it has improved patient safety during one of the conferences risk management tracks. The Meds to Beds is a program that was successfully implemented at Baptist Health Corbin in 2017.

Transitions of care can be an especially difficult challenge for rural hospitals. Cliff and Lynn presented the details of Baptist Health Corbin's journey to create a successful Meds to Beds program to improve patient safety, reduce unnecessary readmissions and capture cost savings.

They described the pharmacist involvement in detailed medication counseling and review of discharge medication reconciliation. Opportunities and challenges involved in implementing a program were shared, highlighting that an engaged multidisciplinary team is key to success.

"This was an excellent opportunity to network with other Premier colleagues, and learn how other hospitals are addressing healthcare issues that impact our patients," said McArthur.

About Baptist Health Corbin

Baptist Health Corbin is a 273-bed, acute care facility providing a wide variety of healthcare services to the residents of Whitley, Knox, Laurel, Bell, Clay, McCreary, Harlan and Campbell counties in Kentucky and nearby Jellico, Tennessee. Part of Louisville, Kentucky-based Baptist Health, the hospital offers 24 points of care in a full continuum from inpatient care to rehab services to behavioral health. Services include cardiac, orthopedics, pain management, a full range of women's services, including obstetrics and breast care; wound care, pain management, cancer care, and diabetic treatments.

Formerly known as the Baptist Regional Medical Center, the hospital includes outpatient diagnostic, home care, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics. Baptist Health has a network of healthcare providers for patients in the Southeast Kentucky area -- from Baptist Health Medical Group offices, to Baptist Health Urgent Care and Baptist Health Express Care inside Walmart stores.

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