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November 26, 2013

Hastings’ pharmacy receives maximum re-accreditation

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital’s pharmacy recently received a six-year re-accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a media release states.

It is the maximum a program can receive. The accreditation allows the hospital to continue to be a prime training ground for future pharmacists.

“Patients at W.W. Hastings Hospital can be assured their medications are managed by an organization practicing the highest standards for quality and safety,” said Brian Hail, chief executive officer at Hastings. “Our accreditation demonstrates the professional commitment on the part of pharmacy services to ensure the best possible care for patients in the hospital, the ambulatory clinic or one of our pharmacy-managed clinics.”

The accreditation process involves an in-depth assessment of the entire pharmacy services program, not just the residency aspect. Accreditation is based on governmental health standards compliance, safety standards, meeting patient needs and offering a broad range of services, among other factors.

At 27 years, Hastings has the longest continuously operating ASHP-accredited residency program in Indian Country. Some pharmacists are required to act as specialized tutors to residents, providing advanced-level training, which keeps their skills and knowledge current.

According to the ASHP, more than 1,400 residence applicants across the country get rejected because of the lack of programs, which serve as recruitment and retention tools for pharmacy school graduates looking for a residency. Hastings is currently home to eight pharmacists who have come through the residency program. An additional four work in area Cherokee Nation health centers.

Months of preparation were required for re-accreditation in anticipation of a site visit and a series of interviews with multiple residency personnel, the medical director, chief of staff, nursing personnel, the CEO and other ancillary health care professionals.

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