Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Partnering with Trellis Rx to Launch Specialty Pharmacy Services

Published 11/05/2019
by Kathryn Edwards

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport will begin offering specialty pharmacy services, fall 2019, to enhance care for patients who require complex and expensive medications. Memorial’s Specialty Pharmacy Program is a partnership with Trellis Rx, a technology-enabled specialty pharmacy services provider.

Many patients with chronic conditions require specialty medications to manage their conditions. Because these drugs are often expensive and difficult to manage, patients need additional support to adhere to their therapy regimens.

“Memorial’s Specialty Pharmacy Program makes it possible for our patients to receive comprehensive pharmacy care right here in Gulfport,” said Jennifer Dumal, RN, BSN, MPH, Chief Operating Officer-Clinical/Chief Nursing Officer, Memorial Hospital. “By integrating pharmacists and pharmacy liaisons into our care teams, we can provide truly holistic care to our patients.”

The new program will integrate Gulfport-based pharmacists and pharmacy liaisons directly into the oncology, infectious disease, auto-immune and other specialty clinics. Patients will receive in-person medication education and ongoing support from pharmacists who have advanced clinical training.

Patients will also have access to skilled pharmacy liaisons who manage financial assistance applications, insurance authorizations, medication refills and more, to reduce the burden specialty medications often create for patients and their families.

“Integrating pharmacists and pharmacy liaisons into our care teams will also benefit our providers,” said Brian Clark, Outpatient Pharmacy Director, Memorial Hospital. “Our Specialty Pharmacy Program will reduce the administrative burden specialty medications often create for physicians and their teams, allowing them to spend more time engaging with our patients.”

Memorial’s Specialty Pharmacy Program will begin offering services this November.

About Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is a public, not-for-profit medical complex in Gulfport, Mississippi, jointly owned by the City of Gulfport and Harrison County.

Memorial is one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in the state. Memorial is an acute care hospital licensed for 303 beds, including a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, three outpatient surgery centers, satellite diagnostic and rehabilitation centers, three nursing centers and more than 95 Memorial Physician Clinics. Memorial offers several of the region’s most comprehensive clinical programs, such as emergency medicine; women and children services; orthopedic services; cardiovascular services; neurosciences and oncology. Additionally, Memorial provides medical specialties unique to the Coast: the only Level III Neonatal ICU and Mississippi’s first nationally certified Primary Stroke Center. Memorial offers three-dimensional imaging, electronic medical records, advanced surgical techniques, including CyberKnife® and two da Vinci® Xi™ Robotic Assisted Specialty Surgery Systems, the only board-certified neurosurgeons in the three lower coastal counties, and the only providers of vascular, and open-heart services in Harrison and Hancock counties. Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Cancer, the College of American Pathologists and the American College of Radiology. In 2019, Memorial has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional Hospital for Coastal Mississippi and High Performing in abdominal aortic aneurism repair, heart failure, COPD and knee replacement. Memorial also received the 2019 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and Five Star Ratings in carotid procedures and total hip replacement. For more information, visit www.gulfportmemorial.com.

About Trellis Rx
Trellis Rx helps health systems change the way patients experience specialty medication therapy. It is the only organization that partners with health systems to eliminate the risk of building or expanding on-site clinic-based specialty pharmacy services for their patients.

Trellis Rx’s clinical care model embeds pharmacists with advanced training and pharmacy liaisons into health systems’ specialty clinics. Its fully integrated, local approach ensures patients with chronic and complex conditions receive the personalized, high-touch pharmacy care required to support adherence to treatment plans and improve clinical outcomes. For more information, contact Trellis Rx.