Publix is continuing its efforts to help consumers obtain access to their prescriptions in more ways than before.
The retailer is joining forces with Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice to offer bedside delivery of prescriptions before patients are discharged.
“Publix Pharmacy is always looking for ways to provide premier service to our customers, whether it’s inside our stores or through collaborations with local hospitals,” Publix vice president of pharmacy Dain Rusk said. “Providing bedside delivery to Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Venice will give patients the opportunity to conveniently obtain the medications they need before leaving the hospital.”
Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice will be offering this service when it opens its doors in November. The free service is designed to ease the transition from hospital to home, the company said.
“The bedside delivery program helps ensure a smooth transition of care from hospital to home,” Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Campus president Sharon Roush said. “Having prescriptions delivered directly to patients in the hospital allows them to go straight home, rather than stop at a pharmacy, which reduces the risk of delays and missing a dose at home.”
Bedside delivery will be available free of charge at select hospital rooms and at the Plaza Venezia Publix, which will be across the street from the new hospital, will handle any necessary insurance authorizations.
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Publix’s pharmacy will fill and deliver the order directly to the patient or nursing unit, and patients can make payments upon delivery and obtain any future refills from the pharmacy, the company said.