(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
GREATER INTEGRATION: NEW Health adding layers of care with in-house pharmacy team…
In rural Stevens County, access to healthcare can be difficult. NEW Health, which has been in the area since 1978, has been very aware of this issue and has constantly been trying to improve patients’ access to healthcare. With 180 staff members, the company has worked to see how they can provide the most comprehensive care, which can be difficult in the large geographical area of NE Washington. Still, the company has seen a 27 percent growth in total patient numbers since 2008 and is continuing to look at how they provide healthcare.
One of their most recent moves is to start offering in-house pharmacies. While the model of health clinic pharmacies isn’t new, and many people still use the model of getting a prescription and then taking it to your favorite outside pharmacy, NEW Health feels that this will give more layers of care and greater integration between the healthcare provider, pharmacist and the patient.
“Providing primary care in rural areas can be a challenge, so we’re always looking at how we can expand the care team and this brings the pharmacy into that care team,” NEW Health CEO Desiree Sweeney said. More