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Silver Cross Installs Automated Prescription Drug Dispensers in Joliet & Homer Glen ERs

Offers Patients Unprecedented New Level of Care and Convenience 

Joliet, IL (October 14, 2011) — Silver Cross Hospital announces it has begun offering InstyMeds, a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients immediately before leaving either the Silver Cross Joliet or Homer Glen Emergency Departments. The system offers a safe, convenient way for patients to receive their prescription medications.

instymeds 003“This new system eliminates the need for patients to have to wait for their prescription at a nearby pharmacy when they’re not feeling well. They can now have those prescriptions filled in our Emergency Departments,” says Theresa Quinn, Administrative Director for Ambulatory Care at Silver Cross Hospital. “InstyMeds helps them get back on the road to recovery as soon as possible.”

The InstyMeds system automates the entire process from the prescriber issuing the prescription, to the patient obtaining their medications, and payment collection. The patient can obtain their medications and be on their way in about the same time it takes them to use their bank ATM.

“The added convenience will help to ensure that patients fill and take their prescribed medications leading to faster recovery,” says Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center. “We continue to support our local pharmacies for the more complex or expensive medications; however for those patients who want the added convenience, the immediate service provided by the InstyMeds system can’t be beat.”

How it works
The medical provider enters a prescription electronically and gives patients a voucher with a unique security code. By the time the patient gets to the machine, their insurance is verified.  Using the touch-screen of the InstyMeds dispenser, the patient enters the unique security code and their date of birth. The patient then swipes a debit or credit card to pay for the prescription. After the machine performs a triple bar code safety check, the pre-packaged, labeled product is dispensed from the machine to the patient. The entire process typically takes a couple of minutes.

Patient Compliance
Studies show that between 20 and 30 percent of prescriptions that doctors write go unfilled. The added convenience of the InstyMeds system increases the likelihood that the patient will fill their prescription and undergo the medication treatment plan.

Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center
The development of free-standing emergency centers throughout the country were in response to consumers who want more convenient ways to care for injuries and illnesses that are too serious to wait for a doctor’s appointment.  Silver Cross opened the first licensed free-standing emergency care center in the State at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen. 

The Emergency Care Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and staffed by Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses. Paramedics are onsite 24/7 at the Homer Glen facility to immediately transfer patients by ambulance to the nearby hospital if they need to be admitted to the hospital.

Patients can check ER wait times—if any at www.silvercross.org for both the Homer Glen Free-Standing Emergency Care Center as well as Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.

In the same building, Silver Cross also offers MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound EKG and laboratory services. And there are several physician offices including a pediatrician, podiatrist, spine surgeon, urologists, cardiologists, and family practice physicians. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.

About InstyMeds
InstyMeds provides the only fully automated, ATM-style dispensing system for outpatient acute prescription medication services. InstyMeds mission is to make patients better, quicker, by providing immediate access to acute prescription medications.  InstyMeds has safely dispensed over one million prescriptions to patients.  For more information, call 1-866-467-8963 or visit www.instymeds.com.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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