VNA’s Infusion Pharmacy to Transition to Nebraska Medicine
Nebraska Medicine is taking another step forward in its efforts to deliver care to patients where they need it. Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) Home Infusion Pharmacy will soon join the Nebraska Medicine health network.
VNA’s Home Infusion Pharmacy has a 35-year history of providing care to patients who receive infusion medications in the comfort of their own homes. The state-of-the-art infusion pharmacy, located in Omaha, works closely with patients’ medical teams to coordinate care.
“We are incredibly excited to join forces with VNA’s Home Infusion Pharmacy,” says Kyle Skiermont, PharmD, vice president of Operations at Nebraska Medicine. “Their expertise in delivering quality and safe infusion medications in the home setting will allow us to expand the care we provide our patients and to meet an important need as we work to enhance the continuum of care.”
“One of the barriers to discharging patients in a timely manner is the coordination involved in making sure the patient has the necessary resources at home,” says Sarah Kuhl-Padgett, PharmD, director, Pharmacy Operations at Nebraska Medicine. “Patients don’t want to stay in the hospital longer than they need to. The improved coordination of home care will get patients where they want to be sooner, and that’s home.”
This new partnership only involves the Home Infusion Pharmacy and does not include the entire VNA organization. Nebraska Medicine will welcome all ten employees of VNA’s Home Infusion Pharmacy and honor their years of service.
“Having the experts from VNA’s Home Infusion Pharmacy as part of our team will be an incredible asset in improving access to care,” adds Dr. Kuhl-Padgett.
“For more than three decades, VNA has been honored to serve clients with infusion therapies in the comfort and privacy of their own homes,” says Carole Patrick, PhD, VNA’s interim CEO. “Moving forward, our focus will remain on providing high-quality, community-based services that are essential to so many in our community. We’re thrilled to have found a partner in Nebraska Medicine who has the expertise and resources to continue delivering vital infusion medication services.”
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