January 2003

Nebraska Market-based Organizations
Collaborate on Meditech Installation

With the assistance of pharmacists from Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb., and Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Neb., Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., successfully installed Meditech’s pharmacy software during a hospital-wide software system conversion. Prior to the installation, Kurt Clyne, director of pharmacy for Saint Elizabeth, was concerned about the transition to the new software, which would require pharmacists to learn to enter orders, and the potential impact on patient safety. After hearing his concerns, three pharmacists from Good Samaritan, who use the Meditech software daily, volunteered to help. As word spread that Saint Elizabeth needed start-up assistance, additional pharmacists from Good Samaritan and Saint Francis agreed to help. For 45 days, pharmacists from both facilities drove more than 90 miles to Lincoln on their days off or after their shifts. The volunteers worked with the Saint Elizabeth staff around the clock, seven days a week, to complete the installation. "Their professional expertise and support are the reasons we were able to get to where we are today," said Clyne. "I consider all of them guardian angels."