Baptist Health Corbin Pharmacy Receives National Recognition

October 30, 2017

Baptist Health Corbin was recently highlighted in The Advisory Board Company publication for its best practice on medication reconciliation.

CORBIN, KY. (October 30, 2017):  Baptist Health Corbin was recently highlighted in The Advisory Board Company publication for its best practice on medication reconciliation.  Best practices pave the way to better patient outcomes, stronger margins, and ultimately, healthier communities.  The Advisory Board Company is a best practice firm that uses a combination of research, technology, and consulting to improve the performance of health care organizations and educational institutions.  To be chosen to have a best practice highlighted in The Advisory Board Company is a great honor
Under Baptist Health Corbin’s policy, complete medication reconciliation can be done on behalf of the physicians, removing the need to connect over the phone.  This allows the pharmacist to resume or hold home medications; adjust dosing parameters; order necessary labs to determine whether home medication should be resumed or held; and adjusts medication dosages based on clinical parameters, such as renal function.  “Medication reconciliation continues to be a critical patient safety activity.  Our goal is to optimize medication safety by working with the physicians and the pharmacists to ensure that medications are not added, omitted or changed inadvertently during care transitions,” stated Dr. David Worthy, Medical Director. Baptist Health Corbin’s pharmacy staff has worked very hard at reducing variation and improving patient care related to medications.  “Having our hospital nationally recognized for its best practices in place is a great honor but this practice truly paves the way to safer patient care and ultimately better patient outcomes, “stated Anthony Powers, Vice President of Outpatient Services and Development

About Baptist Health
Founded in 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, Baptist Health is a full-spectrum health system dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves.  The Baptist Health family consists of nine hospitals (eight owned and one managed); employed and independent physicians; more than 300 points of care, including outpatient facilities, physician practices and services, urgent care and retail-based clinics; outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers; home care; occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics; and fitness centers. Its subsidiary, Baptist Health Plan, provides health insurance, managed care services and administrative services to employers, employees and their dependents, serving members in Kentucky, Indiana and several surrounding states.
Baptist Health’s eight owned hospitals include more than 2,400 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah, Richmond and New Albany, Ind. Baptist Health manages Hardin Memorial Health, a 300-bed hospital in Elizabethtown. Baptist Health employs nearly 21,000 people in Kentucky and surrounding states.
Baptist’s physician network, Baptist Health Medical Group, has nearly 1,100 employed providers, including about 600 employed physicians, plus more than 2,000 independent physicians.

Source: Baptist Health Corbin, Corbin, KY; Pharmacy Executive Forum interviews and analysis.