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University of Rochester Medical Center Opens Pharmacy at Jordan Health Center

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Patients of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center have easy access to the medications they need thanks to a new pharmacy located at the Center, developed and operated by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The new pharmacy is one of a number of ways the Medical Center’s Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals are partnering with Jordan to bolster care and services offered at the Center.

Officials from Jordan Health Center and the University of Rochester Medical Center will celebrate the pharmacy’s grand opening at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 22 at 5 p.m.

“The opening of the pharmacy marks a significant milestone in our efforts to expand the level of services on-site at Jordan,” said Loretta Scott, Jordan Health Center board chair. “We are very pleased to be able to work in partnership with Strong to provide this convenient, accessible health care benefit for our patients.”

For many patients at Jordan, a lack of transportation has been a barrier to getting the care they need and complying with their physicians’ instructions, according to Timothy Warner, associate director, Ambulatory Pharmacy at Strong. “They would come for their appointments and then have to walk for several blocks to get the medications and supplies they needed. An on-site pharmacy adds convenience and also helps patients follow their doctor’s orders to maintain and improve their health.”

Pharmacist Jose De los Santos’ fluency in both English and Spanish helps to meet the diverse needs of patients, Warner added. “Patients at Jordan are very appreciative and friendly, which makes our job a pleasure,” said De los Santos.

The new pharmacy is open to Jordan patients and the community. Pharmacy hours are: Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jordan Health Center is located at 82 Holland Street in Rochester.

Jordan joined forces with the Medical Center last year to provide women’s health care, including comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services.  In January, a Teen Center offering health services for adolescents was reestablished, where Jordan patients between the ages of 13 and 21 receive primary care, contraceptive and sexually transmitted disease care and counseling, weight management, and psychotherapy services tailored to their special needs. In addition, the Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine has teamed up with Jordan to help recruit and support family physicians serving Jordan’s patients.

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