Orlando Health Debuts New Specialty Pharmacy
Specialty Pharmacy Connects Patients with Complex Medications
OCOEE, FL (June 3, 2021) – Orlando Health held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to commemorate the opening of its newest facility, the Orlando Health Scripts Specialty Pharmacy. The pharmacy is located across the street from Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital at 1111 Blackwood Avenue in Ocoee and is Orlando Health’s first specialty pharmacy.
Specialty pharmacies play a vital role in helping patients with chronic or rare conditions acquire the complex drugs prescribed to treat their illnesses. Patients suffering from diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or Crohn’s disease often require medications traditional pharmacies are unable to provide. These medications are harder to obtain, come at a higher cost, can require intensive patient management and high monitoring to manage side effects. This new specialty pharmacy allows Orlando Health to continue to care for patients from across its healthcare system following a difficult to manage disease diagnosis.
“We began conceptualizing this pharmacy a few years ago, so to see it complete and ready to meet the needs of our patients is really exciting,” said Jennifer Williams, manager, Orlando Health Scripts Specialty Pharmacy. “This facility will allow us to better provide the needed complex medications for patients battling serious illnesses, teach them how to use these medications and find ways to reduce the financial impact of the costs of the medications.”
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) the specialty pharmacy will employ 10 team members, with plans to expand to 40 team members within the next few years.
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $7.1 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.
Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for its pediatric and adult Level One Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health is a statutory teaching system that pioneers life-changing medical research. The 3,200-bed system includes 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. Nearly 4,200 physicians, representing more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs nearly 22,000 team members. In FY20, Orlando Health served nearly 150,000 inpatients and nearly 3.1 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided approximately $760 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at http://www.orlandohealth.com.