J.C. Blair Pharmacy Improves Care with New Automated Medication Dispensing System

Huntingdon, PA (10/11/16) – The J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Pharmacy department made a giant leap in technology in 2016 to improve patient safety, increase quality of care, and control costs with the new Pyxis automatic medication dispensing system. The Pyxis system was made possible with a generous gift from the J.C. Blair Foundation.

The Pyxis automatic medication dispensation system measurably improves and streamlines the medication management process. Physicians’ orders are entered into the computer system, which cues the Pharmacy to verify the order, and give nurses access to the only pharmaceuticals they need. The new system decreases the time to initiate medication therapy, decreases delayed and missed doses, and frees up pharmacist time to be more involved with patient care.

A multi-disciplinary team worked with J.C. Blair’s Pharmacy staff to implement this new method of dispensing medication to patients in each nursing unit of the hospital over the last six months. Most recently, the Recovery Room and the Emergency Room went online with Pyxis. Each unit’s cabinet is stocked three times a day with the most frequently used medications. 

“The implementation of the Pyxis automated medication dispensing cabinets has greatly added to J.C. Blair’s competitive edge of providing the most up-to-date healthcare in the region,” said Todd Fortney, Clinical Informatics Pharmacist, “It has allowed for more focus on the patients for all departments involved in patient care.” 


MEDIA ADVISORY: J.C. Blair Pharmacist to Demonstrate New Pyxis System

J.C. Blair Hospital Pharmacist Todd Fortney will demonstrate the new Pyxis automated medication dispensing system for media representatives this Friday at 12:30 p.m. Interested media representatives are asked to email or call Chris Gildea at cgildea@jcblair.org or (814) 643-8548 to confirm interest in the demonstration.

WHAT: Pyxis Automated Medication Dispensing System Demonstration

WHEN: October 14th, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, 1225 Warm Springs Avenue, Huntingdon, PA 16652. Enter through Main Entrance to meet J.C. Blair staff in Main Lobby