Clinical pharmacy services at Orange City Area Health System
Orange City Area Health System has expanded its clinical pharmacy services. After a successful year of assisting providers and patients, we are excited to add new programs to better serve our community and take further advantage of the pharmacists’ skills. The Clinical Pharmacists will continue to monitor and manage patients on anticoagulation therapy and will now be available for other medication management issues.
The Clinical Pharmacists will be working with more people in the hospital – teaching patients about their new medications, making sure they understand how to use them properly at home, and telling them what side effects to expect. The pharmacists will also be seeing more patients in the clinic by helping with Medicare Wellness Visits and reviewing patients’ medication lists, ensuring our patients are on medications that work, are safe, and are affordable.
The Clinical Pharmacists will keep our providers up to date on new medication guidelines and will work closely with patients who want to explore their options when medication treatment is necessary. The pharmacists are looking forward to working with even more patients at OCAHS and encourage patients to call to schedule an appointment with them to discuss medication-related concerns.
Examples of what the clinical pharmacist does in the clinic:
• Meets with patients having trouble affording their medications; can help switch patients to the most cost effective alternative.
• Meets with patients on blood thinners and helps adjust their medications.
• Educates patients on the correct way to use inhalers so they get the most benefit from the medication.
• Reviews medication lists looking for drugs that do not work well together and could be causing side effects.
• Provides information regarding smoking cessation options and following up with patients to encourage them.
• Works with physicians to pick the medication that will work best with their other medications and health concerns.
Amy Van Gorp, Pharm.D., BCPS, and Randi Sayles, Pharm.D., BCPS, work with our patients and their family doctors to review medication lists, choose the best medications that will work with other prescriptions and individual health concerns, and find cost-effective options.
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, award-winning hospital, birth center, surgical center, radiology and laboratory services, occupational health services, specialty outreach services, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. The health system campus – designed with privacy and total healing as its foundation – is situated on 37 acres, including a pond with fountain, a healing garden, and a field of prairie grasses and wild flowers adjacent to the PuddleJumper Trail.
A team of 19 family medicine providers, along with dedicated nurses, medical specialists, and 500 support staff, are committed to serving the region with the Core Values of Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Dedicated Colleagues, and Extraordinary Customer Experience. Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, one of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the U.S., and a Women’s Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience.