Archive for ‘Women’s Services’

March 25, 2014

Eliminating a Stop at the Pharmacy

In an effort to continually provide the highest level of service and convenience, St. Joseph in Bryan is the first hospital in the region to partner with Walgreens for bedside prescription delivery.

 

Now, medication patients should take after they leave the hospital – can be delivered by a Walgreens pharmacy staff member before a patient is discharged.

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Medications prescribed for hospitalized patients are managed by St. Joseph’s in-house pharmacy. Often, doctors prescribe medicine for patients as they continue to heal and stay healthy, at home.

 

This delivery services eliminates a stop at the pharmacy on the way home. A Walgreens staff member not only hand-delivers the prescription but can verify insurance, complete payment and provide access to a Walgreens Pharmacist all from the comfort of a patient’s room. Walgreens also follows up with patients 48 hours after they leave the hospital.

 

“Filling prescriptions before a patient leaves the hospital ensures there is no gap in care,” said Ricardo Diaz, Vice President of Clinical Support for St. Joseph Health System. “Sometimes, it can be challenging for patients to make arrangements to get to the pharmacy, which can lead to delays in getting medications.”

 

Consistent, streamlined care and one less stop on the way, allows patients to get home quicker and continue their recovery.

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July 19, 2013

Three’s Company; Triplets Come and Knock on Our Door

On Saturday, June 15, a Navasota couple welcomed babies they’d been trying to have for years. A St. Joseph team of 15 people ensured the hospital’s newest set of triplets entered the world safely. 

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Antonio Sanchez and Maritza Castillo had been together for 11 years. Though Maritza had never been on birth control, the couple couldn’t get pregnant.

“For years, people would ask when we were going to have kids,” said Sanchez. “In their mind they were thinking that we didn’t want kids. We wouldn’t tell them the real situation.”

“It was our struggle and we didn’t want to share it,” said Castillo.

After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS, a hormonal disorder that often leads to infertility, the couple sought a fertility specialist.

She was at work on December 13, 2012 when a nurse called to tell her she was pregnant.

“All I could do was stand there and cry with happiness,” said Castillo. I was thanking God that He allowed this to happen.”

Pregnancy – There’s Another One in There

For women with PCOS, the risk of miscarriage is higher. Adding the possibility of multiples to the equation only increased the risk level for Castillo’s pregnancy. Because of this, Sanchez and Castillo kept their good news to themselves, though both believed it was only a matter of time before they would add twins to their family.

At Castillo’s next appointment, they learned otherwise.

“The doctor said ‘it looks like there’s going to be another one in there,’ ” said Sanchez. “I was shocked. Then it hit me and I got excited – I couldn’t stop thinking about them!”

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