Pharmacy


Keith Earnest, PharmD, CCO

It is the goal of the Department of Pharmacy Services to ensure that the medication use process in our facility is the safest possible. Medication safety starts with initial order review, continues through product selection and compounding, delivery to the patient care unit, administration by nursing staff and is completed with documenting the administration. We are constantly improving the safety of the medication use process. Technology and automation help to reduce human error. Your safety is important to us. Expert pharmacy staff process and review each medication. Double checks and special procedures are in place for high risk medications. We strive to have a medication delivery system you can trust.

Sterile injectable products are prepared on site in a special containment system to prevent contamination and to provide you with the safest infusions.

The Department of Pharmacy Services also provide:

Prescriptions for the residents of our Skilled Nursing facilities
Emergency medications for local ambulance services
Symptom control medications for Hospice patients

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In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.