In the month of November, Central Community Hospital (CCH) launched an enhanced pharmacy service that allows healthcare providers to deliver medications to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CCH was awarded $188,199 in grant funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Health Program to launch the telepharmacy service with Avera ePharmacy.
Through a partnership with Avera Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., CCH and other facilities share the services of multiple professional pharmacists at a fraction of what it would cost each facility to have its own 24-7 pharmacist. The pharmacist consults online with the medical professionals at CCH and dispense the medications through an automated system at CCH. These services are used when CCH does not have an on-site pharmacist available. “We are committed to delivering the best possible healthcare to our community, and this technology takes a big step toward meeting that commitment,” said Brooke Kensinger, CCH CEO. “We really appreciate the assistance of The Helmsley Charitable Trust to make this possible.” This type of hub-and-spoke health delivery, pioneered by Avera and Helmsley, is also being used to deliver emergency room and intensive care specialty access to rural hospitals and patients across the seven-state region.
These eCare programs are part of the ongoing efforts of Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program to improve the lives of rural residents in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Initiatives include telehealth services, training, emergency medical care, diagnostics, cardiac care, cancer care, and research into innovations that specifically address the challenges of healthcare delivery in rural America. “Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “To have a 24- hour pharmacy service onsite is simply not feasible for a lot of rural hospitals and medical facilities. With the technology of ePharmacy, patients can get the medicines they need, safely and quickly.”
About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $320 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.