September 29, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Health System marked another milestone in late September: Home Infusion became the first health system group to occupy space at Lenexa's Southlake Technology Park.
The Southlake Pharmacy buildout covers 21,000-square-feet on the first floor of a four-story building. The centerpiece of the operation is a state-of-the-art cleanroom for sterile compounding.
Starting Sept. 18, 12 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and billing employees began filling and processing home infusion requests at the site. Home infusion is the administration of medication intravenously in the comfort of the patient's home.
Pharmacy Director Jeff Prosch has been involved in the health system's home infusion program since its start 3 years ago in the corner of the current Inpatient Pharmacy at the main campus.
"The new facility improves care by broadening the continuum for more of our patients," Prosch said. "The increased capacity also lets more patients receive home infusion services by the 'home town team.'"
Pharmacy staff have been busy in the past month collaborating with hospital case managers on the advantages home infusion operations will reap at the new site. It is believed that this service will be of such benefit for patients that fewer will choose for-profit home infusion outlets.
Southlake Pharmacy's Phase II focus will include the addition of retail business to the location.
"Patients will immediately notice improved care, faster service and increased safety with medication delivery," said Pharmacy Director Samaneh Wilkinson.
Wilkinson also points out that a series of specialty medications will be delivered to patients' homes from Southlake, including drugs for high-risk diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and MS.
"The time is now for our retail operations to soar," she said. "With the launch of Southlake, new pharmacies at the cancer center and another at Indian Creek, we're making our pharmacy services the top choice for patients, wherever they may live."
Future phases of the move to Southlake in 2018 include adding non-sterile compounding, a poison control call center, pharmacy administration, training space and storage. About 50 health system employees will work at the building by the end of next year.