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Department of Pharmacy  

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Columbus Regional also offers several pharmacies close to you for easy access. Find out about Columbus pharmacy locations.

The Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy is committed to providing safe and effective drug therapy for our patients. Each of our practitioners is a well-respected, highly responsible member of the Columbus Regional healthcare team, with extensive training and a sincere commitment to helping others.

Our inpatient care area pharmacists assume responsibility for drug therapy outcomes by providing clinical pharmacy services alongside physicians and other health care practitioners in collaborative practice agreements.

In addition to these services, pharmacists in our primary care clinics, long term care facilities, and community pharmacy practice settings throughout the health care system provide extensive clinical pharmacist services that include; diabetes and anticoagulation management, smoking cessation counseling, medication therapy management, and pharmacotherapy consults.

The Department of Pharmacy Services is pleased to be able to provide a full spectrum of professional  Clinical Pharmacy Services.

Contact Us:
Burnis D. Breland, M.S., Pharm.D., FASHP
Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Research

710 Center Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Telephone (706) 571-1495  Fax (706) 571-1861
E-mail: burnis.breland@crhs.net
www.columbusregional.com

Pharmacy Contacts

Pharmacy Administration 706-571-1495
Director Burnis D. Breland, M.S., PharmD 706-571-1493
Assistant Director Lynn Chestnutt, PharmD 706-571-1738
Assistant Director Debbie Nowlin, R.Ph 706-660-2757
Clinical Coordinator Jon Kennedy, PharmD 706-571-1754
Drug Information Coordinator Lisa Boothby, PharmD, BCPS 706-660-6295
Pharmacy Practice Residents 706-571-1843
   
The Medical Center
Drug Information Center
706-571-1934
   
Inpatient Pharmacy  
Central Pharmacy 706-571-1496/97/98
Surgery Satellite Pharmacy 706-571-1753
8 Main Satellite Pharmacy 706-571-1754
7 Main Satellite Pharmacy 706-571-1711
6 Main Satellite Pharmacy 706-660-2483
5 Main Satellite Pharmacy 706-571-1762
Central Pharmacy Coordinators Shirley Clark, R.Ph. 706-571-1951
Perry Vajda, PharmD 706-320-8689
   
Outpatient Pharmacy  
Outpatient Operations Coord. Sherry Martin, PharmD 706-321-3770
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy 706-321-3777/78
Primary Care Resident 706-321-3752
TMC Outpatient Pharmacy 706-571-1992
   
Family Practice
Family Health Pharmacy

 
706-571-1995/96

   
Regional Hope Pharmacy
Oncology Coordinator Sheree Tolbert, PharmD


706-321-6671
 

   
Heath Department
Community Health Pharmacy

706-321-3700/01
   
Long Term Care
Pharmacy

706-572-1775
   
Retail Pharmacies
Retail Pharmacy Svcs Director Tom Nowlin, R.Ph.

706-660-2556
Pediatrics Pharmacy 706-660-2555
Stadium Pharmacy 706-291-4255
Tower Pharmacy 706-660-2600
   
Residency Administrators  
Director, Drug Information Residency Program  Lisa Boothby, PharmD, BCPS 706-660-6295
 
Director, Practice Management Residency Program Burnis D. Breland, M.S., PharmD 706-571-1495
 
Director Primary Care Residency Program  Kimble Jenkins, PharmD, BCPS 706-320-869
 
Director, Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Burnis D. Breland, M.S., PharmD 706-571-1495
 
Coordinator, Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
Mandy Mock, PharmD
706-660-2854

Pharmacy Mission
The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Services is to provide pharmaceutical care to all patients through the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life.  This is accomplished through the integration of clinical practice and coordination of the effective provision of medication therapy.
 
Specific functions performed to accomplish the most responsible care include:
 

  • leadership in the development of organizational standards regarding safe and effective medication use.
  • guidance in the appropriate selection, administration, monitoring and anticipated outcomes of medication therapy.
  • identification of potential and actual drug-related problems, to resolve actual drug-related problems, and to prevent potential drug-related problems.
  • effective procurement, distribution and assurance of proper control of all pharmaceuticals used within the organization.
  • evaluation and dissemination of information about drugs and their use to patients and patients’ families, the medical staff and other health care practitioners.
  • participation in education and training of health care practitioners regarding drugs and drug therapy, and promote the pharmaceutical care philosophy of practice.
  • initiation and support of medical and pharmaceutical research and to report the findings through presentations at professional meetings and publications in the medical and pharmaceutical literature.

Clinical Services
The Department of Pharmacy Services at Columbus Regional Healthcare System
provides a myriad of Clinical Pharmacy Services.  Our patient care area pharmacists assume responsibility for drug therapy outcomes by providing clinical pharmacy services through working with physicians and other healthcare practitioners in collaborative practice agreements.

Inpatient pharmacy services include:

  • Centralized distribution with the McKesson Robot Rx
  • 24-hour cart fill
  • Unit-dose packaging
  • Automated dispensing cabinets
  • Bar-coding technology and Baxa MicroMacro TPN compounder
  • Decentralized general and specialty services

Practitioners also provide prescription services for six hospital-based outpatient pharmacies.

Pharmacists in primary care clinics, long term care facilities and community pharmacy practice settings throughout our healthcare system provide extensive clinical pharmacist services that include diabetes and anticoagulation management, smoking cessation counseling, medication therapy management and pharmacotherapy consults.

Pharmacy Contact

Pharmacy Administration 706-571-1495

Director Burnis D. Breland, M.S., PharmD 706-571-1493
Assistant Director Lynn Chestnutt, PharmD 706-571-1738
Assistant Director Debbie Nowlin, R.Ph 706-660-2757
Clinical Coordinator Jon Kennedy, PharmD 706-571-1754
Drug Information Coordinator Lisa Boothby, PharmD, BCPS 706-660-6295
Pharmacy Practice Residents 706-571-1843

The Medical Center
Drug Information Center
     706-571-1934

Inpatient Pharmacy
Central Pharmacy     706-571-1496/97/98
Surgery Satellite Pharmacy    706-571-1753
8 Main Satellite Pharmacy    706-571-1754
7 Main Satellite Pharmacy    706-571-1711
6 Main Satellite Pharmacy    706-660-2483
5 Main Satellite Pharmacy    706-571-1762
Central Pharmacy Coordinators Shirley Clark, R.Ph. 706-571-1951
Perry Vajda, PharmD     706-320-8689

Outpatient Pharmacy
Outpatient Operations Coord. Sherry Martin, PharmD 706-321-3770
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy    706-321-3777/78
Primary Care Resident     706-321-3752
TMC Outpatient Pharmacy    706-571-1992

Family Practice
Family Health Pharmacy    706-571-1995/96

Regional Hope Pharmacy
Oncology Coordinator Sheree Tolbert, PharmD  706-321-6671

Heath Department
Community Health Pharmacy    706-321-3700/01

Long Term Care
Pharmacy      706-572-1775

Retail Pharmacies
Retail Pharmacy Svcs Director Tom Nowlin, R.Ph. 706-660-2556
Pediatrics Pharmacy     706-660-2555
Stadium Pharmacy     706-291-4255
Tower Pharmacy     706-660-2600

Residency Administrators
Director, Drug Information Residency Program  706-660-6295
Lisa Boothby, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Practice Management Residency Program 706-571-1495
Burnis D. Breland, M.S., PharmD
Director Primary Care Residency Program  706-320-869
Kimble Jenkins, PharmD, BCPS
Director, Pharmacy Practice Residency Program 706-571-1495
Burnis D. Breland, M.S., PharmD
Coordinator, Pharmacy Practice Residency Program
Mandy Mock, PharmD 706-660-2854

Drug Information

BACKGROUND
The Drug Information Center (DIC)
is a division of the Department of Pharmacy Services of Columbus Regional Healthcare System.
The Drug Information Center provides a service to health care professionals and functions as a teaching environment for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. The goal of the Center is to aid in the improvement of patient care by providing useful information to health care providers.

RESOURCES
Electronic resources

  • MicroMedex
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Iowa Drug Information Service
  • Other internet resources
  • Current pharmacy journals
  • Extensive collection of pharmacy and medical textbooks
  • Simon Schwob Medical Library

QUESTION TYPES
Drug therapy decision support
Adverse drug reactions
Drug availability
Compounding and stability
Drug Interactions
Investigational drugs
IV compatibilities
Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacy law
Drug use in pregnancy and lactation
Patient counseling information
Therapeutics
Toxicology

RESPONSES
Timely verbal or written responses provided.
References provided upon request.

CONTACT INFORMATION
The DI Center is located on the third floor of The Medical Center.
Phone: 706-571-1934 (Voice Mail after hours)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

PERSONNEL
Lisa Boothby, PharmD, BCPS, Coordinator, Drug Information Services
Drug Information Resident
Pharmacy Residents
Doctor of Pharmacy students

Community Service
The Department of Pharmacy touches the lives of many through their involvement in community service.

  • The Medical Center Department of Pharmacy provides services to the Columbus Health Department and the West Georgia Health District.
    • Community Health Pharmacy, owned and operated by The Medical Center, is located in the Health Department and provides medications and pharmacy services to the West Georgia Health District. Community Health Pharmacy is the only pharmacy in the region under contract with the State of Georgia to provide prescription medications and clinical pharmacy services to the Aids Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
    • The Pharmacy also serves the community through the Community Healthcare Network working with the mobile clinic van to meet the needs of underserved individuals who are homeless or residing in area shelters.
  • The Family Health Pharmacy, located in the Family Medicine Center meets the pharmacy needs of Family Medicine patients.
    • The Pharmacy also works with the Stewart Community Home, a 70-plus bed assisted living center for mentally ill indigent residents. The Pharmacy oversees the medication use process in the Home and works with Columbus Regional’s Tower Pharmacy to ensure patients’ medication regimens are appropriate.
  • The Department of Pharmacy was the first hospital in the U.S. to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Pharmacy Affairs, to conduct an Alternate Methods Demonstration Project to serve a network of federally funded Community Health Centers.
    • The Pharmacy works closely with Valley Healthcare to provide pharmaceuticals through the 340B drug program that allows the community health centers to access cost effective medication therapy for underserved patients.
  • The Columbus Health Department contracts with the Department of Pharmacy to provide emergency preparedness pharmacy services for the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS). 
    • The Pharmacy also is positioned to manage locally the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) in the event that the SNS is activated to meet emergency disaster needs.
    • The Medical Center is the only hospital in Columbus which maintains the Chempack, a CDC and state-sponsored stockpile of special medications which could be utilized to treat victims of a biological disaster.
  • The Pharmacy works with the community in many different health and wellness and health awareness initiatives, including
    • * Annual Men and women’s Health Expo
    • Diabetes Walks
    • Community campaigns
    • Cancer Relay for Life
    • Community and civic group presentations
  • The Pharmacy provides drug information services to area physicians and other healthcare professionals through the Pharmacy’s Drug Information Center (DIC).
  • The Department of Pharmacy works with the Three Rivers Area Health Education Center to assist in bringing healthcare to underserved populations in West Central Georgia.
As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.