October 19, 2010

National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week Through Oct. 23

The Pharmacy staff at VUMC will use National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, Oct. 17-23, to underscore the many new and vital roles they now play in patient care.

The evolution has been especially dramatic in recent years as pharmacists have moved beyond compounding and dispensing medications to become vital members of multidisciplinary patient-care teams. During Pharmacy Week the VUMC pharmacy department will host several activities in recognition of this joyous occasion.

Hospital pharmacists have been able to take on enhanced patient-care roles because of a number of factors, including the deployment of highly trained, certified technicians and new technologies like robotics that dispense medications. As technology evolves, patients will have greater opportunities to have a pharmacist involved in their care.

Please take this time to recognize our pharmacy team for their contributions to the care of our patients.