Publix, Beaufort Memorial Hospital expand healthcare services

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Publix, Beaufort Memorial Hospital expand healthcare services

Publix’s Pharmacy and Beaufort Memorial Hospital announced an expansion of its healthcare services for those in South Carolina’s Beaufort County.

Part of the expansion includes in-hospital delivery of patient prescriptions from a nearby Publix, as well as in-store telehealth centers at two of the retailer’s locations, the companies said.

“Patients are looking for more convenient access to health care, whether it’s treatment for nonemergency medical conditions or easier transitions from hospital to home,” Publix vice president of pharmacy Dain Rusk said. “This collaboration with Beaufort Memorial Hospital will provide residents of the Beaufort community with a medical care option where they shop and eliminate an extra errand for patients leaving the hospital.”

In addition, patients who are discharged from Beaufort Memorial Hospital, or BMH, can choose to have prescribed medications delivered to their room during their stay prior to leaving the hospital.

The Publix store at 1463 in Beaufort, S.C., will fill the prescriptions, and one of the retailer’s associated will deliver them to the hospital room.

“We’re excited about this collaboration to expand access to care in the low country and to provide a direct prescription service to patients leaving the hospital,” Beaufort Memorial president and CEO Russell Baxley said. “Our mission is to improve the health of our community, and offering walk-in care through Publix Pharmacy provides a unique way to do just that. It’s another option for patients who need care when and where it is most convenient for them.”

Also, as part of the companies' agreement, the Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer will install telehealth centers to provide nonemergency medical care at the 1463 location in Beaufort, as well as the 1205 store in Bluffton, S.C.

Each of the available telehealth sites will give patients the opportunity to speak directly with a board-certified provider via video conferencing technology.