Published February 18, 2017
ADA, OKLAHOMA – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led ground breaking ceremonies Tuesday, February 13, to begin construction on the Chickasaw Nation Outpatient Pharmacy Building.
The new Pharmacy Building, located on the Chickasaw Nation South Ada campus, will connect to the existing Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, and will provide additional space for expanded services.
Gov. Anoatubby said the new Pharmacy Building is an investment in the health of Chickasaw and Native American patients of the medical center and a commitment to providing quality health care for Chickasaw people.
“Quality health care is vital to enhancing the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people and the medical center and the pharmacy is part of our effort to make health care more accessible and more convenient.”
Since the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, including the existing pharmacy, opened in 2010, more than 4.8 million prescriptions have been filled at the facility and the service continues to grow.
The new facility is designed to meet and exceed the patient’s expectations and to prepare for future growth, Gov. Anoatubby said.
“We want to ensure we meet our goal of making quality health care convenient and accessible for the people we serve, and we are able to meet our current needs as well as preparing to meet our future needs.”
“We are breaking ground on a facility that will help meet the needs of the people we serve for years to come.”
The two-story 32,000-square-foot Pharmacy Building will contain all of the features of a state-of-the-art pharmacy, from a compounding room to a durable medical equipment supply center. The new facility will connect to the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center though a corridor.
Using cutting – edge pharmacy robotics and software technology, the new facility is expected to fulfill as many as a million prescriptions a year.
The Pharmacy Building will also include a pharmacy call center, as well as a four lane prescription drive-thru for added convenience.
Last year more than 108,000 patients were served through the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center pharmacy drive-thru window, an average of 295 patients a day.
New patient services within the outpatient pharmacy facility include a durable medical equipment (DME) supply center. The 4,000-square-foot DME supply area will enable staff members to deliver the devices- such as crutches, monitors and wheelchairs- conveniently and efficiently.
The Chickasaw Nation Pharmacy provides patients with prescription services, medication reconciliation services, a medication take-back program for unwanted tablet or capsule medications, and medication therapy counseling on any prescription or over-the-counter product. Pharmacists also counsel on how medications interact with patient-specific illnesses.