The Kern Medical Pharmacy Department offers a range of services through the inpatient pharmacy, two outpatient pharmacies, home infusion pharmacy and clinical pharmacy services.
The goal of the Department of Pharmacy is first and foremost to provide our patients excellent care through pharmacotherapy. It is the desire to accomplish this primary goal that drives our department.
Hours of Operation
Main (inpatient) pharmacy, 1700 Mt. Vernon Ave: 24/7
Clinical department, 1700 Mt. Vernon Ave: 9-5 p.m. weekdays
Campus Pharmacy, (main outpatient pharmacy): 2014 College Ave: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays; Closed Sundays
Sagebrush Pharmacy, 1111 Columbus St. #2000: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
We currently have five residency-trained and two board-certified clinical pharmacists who are dedicated to providing clinical services for critical care, medicine-surgical, oncology, psychiatry, ambulatory care clinics, and maternal/child care.
In ambulatory care, our clinical pharmacists have full prescribing privileges under physician-driven protocols in hypertension, diabetes, anticoagulation, smoking cessation, psychiatry and pharmacotherapy.
In addition to our clinical pharmacists we have eight staff pharmacists who are the backbone of our department and ensure that each patient receives appropriate pharmacotherapy in a timely manner. Each year we see over 5,000 patients in our ambulatory care clinics, process 1 million inpatient orders and dispense 200,000 outpatient prescriptions.
In line with our goal of providing excellent care through pharmacotherapy, a Postgraduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency program was started in July 2005. Every year we graduate two pharmacy residents who are equipped with the knowledge and experience to serve patients and move the profession forward by being leaders in the field.
As we graduate and hire more and more residency-trained pharmacists, the face and focus of our department continue to change. As a result, we are in the process of decentralizing our department and placing our residency-trained staff pharmacists on the floors where they can be more available to answer clinical consults and provide direct patient care. We currently have fully operable decentralized stations in Pediatrics, ICU/DOU and two on the General Medicine floors.
What allows us to decentralize our department and place pharmacists on the floors is our capable pharmacists and our level of technology. Every order is scanned and all patient information, including labs, radiography and patient charts, are all available via computer from anywhere in the hospital.