Southern Ohio Medical Center and Trellis Rx Partner to Improve Specialty Pharmacy Care for Patients

Published 02/06/2018
by Kathryn Edwards

Southern Ohio Medical Center will leverage Trellis Rx’s innovative specialty pharmacy care model to introduce in-clinic services, provided by patient liaisons and clinical pharmacists, throughout Southern Ohio.

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC), a standout rural hospital located in Portsmouth, OH, and Trellis Rx, the premier specialty pharmacy solution for healthcare systems, announced today a joint agreement to develop a specialty pharmacy as part of the SOMC health system. This specialty pharmacy will be designed with an unprecedented focus on patient engagement and education, and will service patients and providers throughout the Portsmouth, OH community. The program will begin with the Cancer Center, Infectious Disease Clinic, and at SOMC Gastroenterology Associates but aims to expand to cover the broader hospital and beyond over time. As the first hospital in the region to achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor, Magnet recognition status, SOMC is dedicated to improving all of southern Ohio’s health and wellness. With Trellis Rx’s help, this “patient-first” concierge-level pharmacy care will help SOMC achieve this goal for even its most vulnerable of patients.

“SOMC has consistently demonstrated a passion for and commitment to their patients and their community,” says Trellis Rx Chief Growth Officer Andy Maurer. “Trellis is excited to join SOMC in serving Portsmouth and southern Ohio. Our goal, like SOMC’s, is to help deliver the highest quality of patient care via the benefits of a new specialty pharmacy. We are confident that together Trellis Rx and SOMC will be able to deliver a superior set of experiences and outcomes to those who chose to add the new SOMC Specialty Pharmacy to their care team.”

Through the partnership, SOMC and Trellis Rx will work together to create a unique care experience both in the clinic and throughout each patient’s course of treatment. The level of personalized patient care provided by these specialty pharmacy services will not only enhance the patient experience, but importantly also significantly improve patient outcomes. Patients will be connected with pharmacy liaisons who can assist them in navigating the many complex aspects of specialty drugs, including administration, adherence, and storage challenges. Trellis Rx’s innovative approach to specialty pharmacy care includes individualized, in-clinic and post-discharge patient services, as well as advanced technology solutions and continuous adherence management. All of those services come together to ensure superior outcomes for SOMC patients with diverse and wide-ranging needs.

“We are excited to be able to offer concierge levels of customer service to SOMC specialty medication patients in Portsmouth. SOMC’s Specialty Pharmacy will offer face to face consultation with financial experts as well as clinical pharmacists to help patients streamline a currently disjointed and inconvenient medication management system.” said Rory Phillips, Director of Pharmacy and Respiratory Care at SOMC.

The new SOMC specialty pharmacy changes how SOMC patients can engage and be supported by the health system for their drug therapies.

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