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CHCC board chair: Governor was not given correct information about pharmacy

COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation board chairwoman Lauri Ogumoro said Gov. Ralph Torres was not given correct information regarding the hospital’s outpatient and inpatient pharmacy modernization project which, she added, is being done in phases.

The governor expressed disappointment with CHCC’s decision to prioritize the renovation of the hospital’s outpatient pharmacy instead of purchasing new pharmacy hoods for its existing inpatient pharmacy.

According to Ogumoro, “We are actively working on the inpatient pharmacy. It is bigger and better and there are new regulations coming out in July 2018,” she said, adding that the old inpatient pharmacy was built in 1986.

CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said they provided the governor with a list of what the hospital needs and this includes the inpatient pharmacy hoods.

“We did not hire new staff when we opened this [outpatient pharmacy],” she added.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation board chairwoman Lauri Ogumoro, board member Leticia Reyes and CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna join Naomi Ada, the daughter of the late Louise Sablan Concepcion, and lawmakers in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the hospital’s outpatient pharmacy.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The outpatient pharmacy used to be a stock room. Muna said they renovated the area to provide for a spacious outpatient and inpatient pharmacy.

“We have to meet the standards, so we made those renovations together. Why? Because it is cost-efficient. It is cost-efficient to merge those things together. So that is one thing that we did,” Muna said

She said they want to further improve “the continuum of care provided to the patients of this hospital, and to make sure that they have access to these types of services and these items so that they don’t have to come back to the hospital.”

In opening an outpatient pharmacy, Muna said the idea is to make affordable medicines accessible to the people.

“We are not competing with PHI [Pharmacy]. We are collaborating. CHCC…does not compete with other healthcare providers. What we do is collaborate — we want to make sure that everybody has a choice.”

CHCC chief financial officer Derek Sasamoto said they aim for efficiency while providing people with what they want and need.