Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth Receives Pharmacy Health System Award

Apr 25

PLYMOUTH, MA – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) is pleased to announce that the Pharmacy Department received the 2018 Pharmacy Health-System Award from the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP). The annual award recognizes a pharmacy health-system for a specific new program that is focused on improving pharmaceutical care.

Our pharmacy team took an outdated protocol that was on paper and developed formulas for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Cardiac/Neurologic indications. Logic was built into the computer to calculate all doses and a clinical staff pharmacist was added to collaborate with our nurses and physicians to assure safety and accuracy. After months of planning and design, our hospital's pharmacy implemented Weight-Based Heparin (WBH) IV Infusion in December 2016. ​The computerized WBH has had a significant impact on improving efficacy and safety of this high-alert medication.

“The MSHP Pharmacy Health-System Award validates the quality of this initiative and highlights the excellent collaboration that exists with our physicians and every clinical ancillary service” said Kris McGill, MS, RPh, Director of Pharmacy at BID-Plymouth.

To be considered for the award, MSHP requires that the program must have been shown to have a positive effect on patient care, level of clinical competence of the pharmacy staff, selection or monitoring of drug therapy, quality assurance or improvement, cost containment, and/or local or institutional community.