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Pharmacy services

  • The pharmacy departments at both Mercy Hospital campuses work together to achieve optimal medication use and patient outcomes in a collaborative, patient focused environment. We are responsible for storing, preparing, distributing and dispensing of medications 24 hours a day, every day.

    Pharmacists provide optimal patient medication therapy through optimizing pertinent drug therapy, establishing medication protocols and dispensing medication. Our pharmacists are decentralized, working on the patient care units and operating room satellites, facilitating interactions with physicians, nurses and patients.

    Pharmacy technicians are centralized in the main pharmacies and operating room satellites to handle distribution activities to patient care areas and drug preparation allowing the pharmacist to spend more time caring for our patients.

    Pharmacy opportunities on both campuses

    At both locations, pharmacists participate in:

    • ICU rounding
    • Anticoagulation consults
    • Vancomycin and aminoglycoside consults
    • Antibiotic stewardship programs
    • Emergency department culture callback services
    • Chemotherapy preparation for inpatients
    • Remote order verification
    • Medication reconciliation
    • ACLS training with code response
    • Clinical practice with several pharmacist driven automatic dosage adjustments, interchanges and therapy modifications per policy
    • Coordinating Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Nursing-Pharmacy and Medication Safety Steering Committees
    • Interdisciplinary committee involvement including EMR workgroups, clinical and quality improvement initiatives such as Stroke Core Measures, sepsis, fall prevention and Code Committee
    • Conducting medication usage evaluations (MUEs) and medication safety and performance improvement initiatives

    Unique pharmacy opportunities at each campus

    Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids

    • The Mother Baby Center
    • Home infusion services
    • Cardiac rehab teaching
    • Post-cardiac surgery glycemic control consulting
    • Outpatient infusion center
    • Bariatric surgery counseling

    Mercy Hospital - Unity campus, Fridley

    • Inpatient mental health
    • Addiction medicine services
    • Heart Power medication counseling appointments
    • TPN compounding
    • Outpatient pharmacy