OptiMed Welcomes New Staff!

OptiMed Health Partners would like to welcome its newest staff member, Sarah Lenartowicz! Sarah will serve as our Administrative Medical Receptionist and will be responsible for overseeing the pharmacyIMG_0203_FAVE and reception areas, greeting and assisting patients and visitors, and performing front desk duties, including appointment scheduling, patient registration and overseeing related collections and account reconciliation.

Sarah has over eight years of administrative experience. Prior to working for OptiMed Health Partners, she previously worked as an office support specialist for Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Delta College.

IMG_0005FaveOptiMed also welcomes Ryan Peake to the team! Ryan will serve as Nurse Clinician (RN) and work as part of a patient care team to offer clinical support to patients enrolled in OptiMed’s Patient Management Programs. He will collect and review patient health history to develop a patient treatment plan; provide patient counseling to improve adherence; monitor patient side effects and clinical outcomes; and conduct care plan interventions when necessary.

Ryan previously served as Health Services Administrator for Corizon Health in Battle Creek, Mich. He has over nine years of experience providing patient care in various settings and leading and directing a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, physicians and more.

OptiMed Honors Susan Hayhurst During Women’s History Month

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In honor of Women’s History Month, OptiMed acknowledges Susan Hayhurst as one of the first female pharmacists in the U.S.

Hayhurst was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Quakers. She attended school in Wilmington, Delaware and excelled in mathematics. Taking an interest in chemistry and physiology, she enrolled at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1857, Hayhurst served as a staff member and ran its pharmaceutical department for many years.

In 1876, Hayhurst became the head of the pharmaceutical department at the Woman’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To broaden her knowledge of the subject, she began attending lectures at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. It was rare for the college to admit women and Hayhurst was the only woman in her class of 150. The college administration did not offer any resistance, however, and granted her a diploma in pharmacy when she completed her courses in 1883 at the age of 63.

Hayhurst remained in her post at the pharmaceutical department of the Woman’s Hospital for 33 years. She supervised the purchase and manufacture of supplies, assisted missionaries to foreign countries, and acted as mentor to 65 women pharmacists. She was a member of organizations such as the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Woman’s Suffrage Society of Philadelphia. During the Civil War, she was chairman of the Committee of Supplies of the Pennsylvania Relief Association.

Hayhurst died in Philadelphia on August 7, 1909, after an illness. The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy held a memorial service in her honor on November 15, 1910 and commissioned a painting of her to be hung in its museum.

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March 12-18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, an effort of the National Patient Safety Foundation to help raise awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. In observance of this important effort, OptiMed would like to highlight the “five rights” of medication administration along with the steps we take to ensure safe, appropriate medical treatment for our patients.

THE RIGHT PATIENT

Before talking to a patient or doctor, editing a patient’s medication profile, or filling a PatSafetyLogo2013prescription, our staff cross-checks two unique patient identifiers (such as patient name/address or patient name/date of birth) to ensure the right patient is receiving the right medication.

THE RIGHT MEDICATION

Many medications look and sound alike so OptiMed takes steps to avoid errors. OptiMed uses “tall man” lettering, a special lettering system to identify and differentiate look-alike and sound-alike medications. In addition, an up-to-date list of potentially confusing drug names is maintained and referenced throughout the pharmacy. Lastly, to maximize outcomes and effectiveness, OptiMed ensures that patients are taking the most appropriate medication for their particular disease state.

THE RIGHT DOSE

Making sure each patient receives the correct dose of medication is important to ensure that patients receive enough medication for it to be effective, but not so much that there is an increased risk of side effects or adverse reactions. OptiMed takes many factors into consideration when determining the correct dosage of a medication: the patient’s age, weight, medical history, sex, other medications, and more.

THE RIGHT ROUTE

The route of administration refers to where a medication enters the body. The most common route is by mouth but other routes such as through the skin (topically), inhalation, and injection are also frequently utilized. Our pharmacists work closely with patients to teach them how to properly administer their medications and to ensure that they are comfortable with the route of administration that’s been chosen.

THE RIGHT TIME

Some medications must be given at specific times to be effective such as before meals, immediately after meals, or at bedtime. In other cases, it is essential that certain medications be taken separately from others to avoid interactions. OptiMed’s pharmacists educate patients on precisely when to take their medications, what to expect, and what can happen if medication is skipped.

In summary, OptiMed has strict safeguards in place to ensure safe, appropriate treatment for our patients. For more information about our services, call 877-232-2857.

OptiMed Honors First Female Pharmacist During Women’s History Month

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To honor Women’s History Month, OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy acknowledges women who contributed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf (1681-1762) is recognized as the first female pharmacist in America, according to the American Pharmacists Association. She was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1681 and married Daniel Greenleaf in 1699, a minister, pharmacist and graduate of Harvard. The couple had 12 children.

In 1727, Elizabeth moved to Boston to open a pharmacy, according to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Though this was a role traditionally filled by men, Massachusetts did not have laws prohibiting women from practicing.

Her husband joined her shortly after and together they ran the pharmacy for several years.

The American Pharmacists Association honored Greenleaf in 2012 for “contributions to the profession and advancement of women in pharmacy.”

 

OptiMed Staff Wears Red to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Health

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OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy employees wore red today to acknowledge National “Wear Red” Day, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. The campaign helps raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is women’s No. 1 health threat and empowers them to improve their heart health.

Cardiac events and stroke cause one out of three female fatalities in the U.S. each year. However, 80% of cardiac events could be prevented with lifestyle choices and education. Women are encouraged to make healthy changes such as losing weight, eating a healthier diet, and increasing exercise. Having a cholesterol test and a general health checkup are also good ways to celebrate the day. 

For more information about heart health, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

Rheumatoid Awareness Day is Today!

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a life-long autoimmune disorder that affects nearly 1% of adults. The exact cause is unknown but the disease is two to three times more common among women than men and symptoms generally begin around middle age. Patients with RA suffer from long-term joint swelling and pain, and without treatment the disease can lead to permanent damage of joints rheumatoidawarenessday2-300x300and the bone near the joints.

Advances in understanding the disease have led to major improvements in treatment options for people living with RA. Many patients achieve great results from traditional drug therapy such as anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen or naproxen), pain creams and ointments, or immune suppressing agents like methotrexate or hydroxychloroquine.  However, these agents don’t work for everyone, and some patients require more advanced treatment with newer biologic agents which are highly effective at reducing joint swelling and pain. There are also many new medications in development that will offer even more treatment choices for individuals living with this condition.

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy specializes in the treatment of RA and works with healthcare providers, manufacturers and insurers to ensure proper drug utilization and enhance the care of patients with RA. For more information about the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, visit www.rheum4us.org.

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy Awarded Training Grant from Michigan Works! Workforce Development Board

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy recently received a Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) grant awarded by the Michigan Works! Workforce Development Board.  

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy, an independently-owned and operated national specialty pharmacy headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., recently expanded into a new headquarters. OptiMed expects to generate dozens of new jobs over the next three years.michigan-works

The STTF grants are funded by Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency and will assist OptiMed with new staff education and training. High-level training is necessary and the STTF grant will ensure employees can demonstrate competencies that exceed industry benchmarks and the stringent standards of the organization.

“OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy is honored to be awarded this grant from the Workforce Development Board,” said Andy Reeves, CEO of OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy. “The grant money will be instrumental in providing advanced training to our pharmacy technicians and administrative staff on the use of our technology and will allow us to continue to enhance our patient care services.”

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy is devoted to optimizing health outcomes and quality of life through personalized and coordinated care and excellent service. OptiMed, which has over 20 years of experience collaborating with providers, payers, manufacturers, is one of the first 100 specialty pharmacies in the nation to be dually accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and URAC.  For more information, visit http://www.optimedspecialtyrx.com or call 877-385-0535.

OptiMed to Present Workshop on Navigating Patient Insurance Benefits

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy will present a workshop titled, “Navigating Patient Insurance Benefits,” on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, aimed at physicians and their clinical and administrative staff. The workshop will enhance their knowledge of health insurance and benefits design and cover such topics as how networks differ from one another, how to navigate health plans and the specific benefits they offer, and how to anticipate coverage and cost share assignments.

The presentation will be offered on-site at OptiMed’s national headquarters, 6480 Technology Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan, or online via webinar. Lunch will be provided for on-site attendees. There is no cost to attend, however, space is limited so register today to reserve your spot.

To register, call 269-250-8010 or email krizor@optimedpharmacy.com and provide your name, organization, email address, contact information and if you prefer to attend on-site or via the webinar.

OptiMed Donates to Local Charities During the Holiday Season

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy donated stuffed stockings and boxes of candy canes for the City of Kalamazoo’s 11th annual Candy Cane Hunt. The city has been able to create a festive atmosphere in which over 46,000 candy canes and 2,200 stockings have been given away to children in the last 10 years.

In addition, OptiMed Pharmacy’s staff conducted a holiday charity drive throughout the month of December to collect items for Animal Rescue Project, including pet food, treats and supplies. In addition, $155 was collected to help animals at the shelter.

Animal Rescue Project is based out of Kalamazoo, Mich., and is a non-profit animal welfare group committed to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of at-risk pets from pound facilities.

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy Moves into New National Headquarters

A newly constructed 15,000-square-foot facility along 9th Street in Oshtemo Township is the new national headquarters of OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy, an independently-owned and operated national specialty pharmacy located in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The new national headquarters features a large-scale, state-of-the-art dispensing system capable of dispensing up to 70,000 prescriptions a month, an expansive patient management center and patient support services, and offices to house the corporation’s executive team. The facility allows for rapid expansion of up to 34,000-square-feet.

“The new headquarters allows us to continue to provide exceptional patient care services to our patients living with rare and complex health conditions,” Andy Reeves, R.Ph., CEO of OptiMed said.

The new national headquarters is expected to generate approximately $1.2 million in capital investment and create approximately 80 new jobs.

For information about OptiMed or to apply for available positions, visit www.optimedspecialtyrx.com.

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy, dually accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and URAC, specializes in the knowledge of medicines and treatments for such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C and more. The organization has over 20 years of experience collaborating with providers, payers, manufacturers and the community to offer personalized solutions to meet non-traditional patient needs.