Retreat completes major pharmacy upgrade

BRATTLEBORO — A major upgrade of the Brattleboro Retreat pharmacy has been completed following eight months of work by GPI Construction.

The $690,000, 1,700-square-foot project provides greatly expanded space for ease of workflow, increased storage/receiving, and added room for unit-dose repackaging.

Technical upgrades include a new telephone system and computer workstations for individual pharmacy workers. In coming months, a new automated dispensing system will link the pharmacy directly to computers used by clinical staff on the hospital's various units.

“Our new space reflects the latest in pharmacy design and safety, and offers us cutting-edge readiness to incorporate current and future hospital-wide technology upgrades,” said Pharmacy Manager Sen Pu.

“These important upgrades will help ensure the tradition of outstanding patient service from our expert pharmacy staff,” added Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “This is an important part of the hospital's ongoing commitment to adopt state-of-the-art technology in the care of our patients.”

The Brattleboro Retreat Pharmacy is staffed by eight professionals - four pharmacists and four pharmacy technicians - who are responsible for processing, on average, more than 6,500 medication orders each month.

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