LECOM Supports Erie Community Health Net Pharmacy

LECOM Presents Donation to Underwrite the Cost of Pharmacy Education Services

Erie Community Health Net (CHN) celebrated the Grand Opening of its new Pharmacy at the Daniel S. Snow, MD Health Center, 1202 State Street on December 2. The addition of the Pharmacy offers the Erie Community a complete circle of care including the already established medical, dental, oral surgery, behavioral health counseling, HIV/AIDS medical services, Health Care for the Homeless program and vision service.

LECOM President John M. Ferretti, DO, presents check to CHN CEO John Schultz and Pharmacist Jeff Nowak, PharmD, LECOM 2005.

Representatives from Community Health Net’s staff, board of directors, local officials and community organizations helped mark the pharmacy opening. LECOM President John M. Ferretti, D.O. and LECOM Provost, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O., presented a $25,000 check from the College to the Pharmacy project.

“Under the leadership of our Pharmacy Manager, Jeffrey Nowak, PharmD, RPH, patients can now enjoy the convenience of having prescriptions which were written at their doctor’s appointment, filled and waiting for them before they leave the health center,” said Community Health Net CEO John Schultz. “CHN purchases pharmaceuticals at 340(b) Federal Drug Discount Program, allowing us to offer our patients without insurance steep discounts. Through effective communication with patients and healthcare providers, the pharmacy services will ensure CHN patients have the right medication and clear instructions on taking their medications before they leave.

In addition to having their prescriptions filled, patients have the opportunity to meet with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy students and a faculty member who are on-site daily to provide patient medication counseling and education.

Dr. Randall Heemer prepares to counsel patients with the help of pharmacy students Kanan Patel (left) and Julie DeWoody.

According to LECOM faculty member Randall Heemer, Pharm. D., he and the students also are providing educational in-services for Community Health Net staff, writing medication policies and procedures, provide Medication Therapy Management services, and participate in diabetes education series for patients.

“The convenience of these added services will help eliminate many barriers our patients face when it comes to actually getting the medications prescribed by their providers, as well as answering any questions a patient may have regarding their medications,” said Schultz.

Ten students per year have worked with Dr. Heemer and Dr. Nowak, both of whom are LECOM School of Pharmacy graduates. With the opening of the Pharmacy, Dr. Nowak is currently working with one student per six-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE), but will increase that to two students per APPE next summer.

The Pharmacy hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

December 6, 2010
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