November 19, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Stephenson
At more than double its former size, The Johns Hopkins Hospital's new Central Pharmacy combines upgraded facilities and efficient design with a customized robot that fills prescriptions and automatically restocks its own supplies.
The new pharmacy, located in the Hospital's lower level, consolidates several pharmacy operations and was designed to minimize errors and improve service to patients and care givers. For example, a positive air pressure clean room provides a dust-free area for making medicines free of any contamination.
For most visitors, the robot, the subject of an employee-naming contest, is the star performer, pharmacy administrators say. A single employee can enter a patient's prescription order and the robot does the rest, scanning hundreds of bar-coded drugs stocked along a wall. The robot finds the drug, picks it up at the dosage prescribed and places it on a tray destined for the patient's room.
"The new facility will allow us to change how we do business and improve the quality of services we provide to patients and nurses," said Daniel Ashby, Director of Pharmacy. "We fill 12,000 doses a day for 800 patients, so this kind of efficiency is a big plus."
For a tour of the new pharmacy, call Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384.