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March 12, 2014
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Community Campus pharmacy now a 24-hour operation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Community Campus pharmacy recently extended its services to a 24-hour daily schedule. The on-site pharmacy now processes medication orders and delivers the prepared medications to the hospital departments without interruption.

Prior to this transition, the pharmacy offered it services daily from 7 a.m. to midnight with a pharmacist available on-call during the off hours.

“The pharmacy’s new 24-hour schedule responds to the needs of our patients,” said director of Pharmacy Beth Szymaniak. “The expanded hours also enable the team of technicians and pharmacists to operate the pharmacy with greater efficiency.”

More than 1,200 orders are processed each day by the pharmacy’s team of 12 technicians, 15 pharmacists, and “RxD2,” the on-site pharmacy robot. The robot, installed in 2008, will also begin operating 24 hours a day as it dispenses medications and streamlines inventory management by tracking and managing its unit-dose inventory.

The on-site pharmacy at the Downtown Campus operates on a 24-hour schedule as well. There, a team of more than 100 individuals includes pharmacists, technicians and support staff. The Downtown Campus Pharmacy Department began using robotic IV automation (RivA) for the precise and accurate preparation of intravenous solutions for pediatric and adult patients in 2012.

For more information about the Community Campus pharmacy, contact Beth Szymaniak at 492-5321 or szymanie@upstate.edu.

Caption: Community Campus Pharmacy Director Beth Szymaniak helped expand the pharmacy to 24-hour operation.

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