As a student in the UBC pharmacy program over 20 years ago, Michael Conci worked at Vancouver General Hospital as a pharmacy technician student. It was his first experience working in a healthcare facility and it struck a chord, igniting a passion for working in a hospital setting.
Growing up in Rossland and a lover of the outdoors, Michael knew he wanted to return to the Kootenays after graduation. Luckily, Trail Hospital was hiring when he graduated, and he joined the pharmacy team at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) in 2001.
“I had gotten the job of my dreams in a field where I loved to grow up and where I eventually wanted to start a family,” says Michael, recalling a long career that has developed with his family and the pharmacy that has become like a second home. “Trail is now the home of my wife Amy (RN at KBRH), our three daughters and our chocolate lab. “
With all that is developing in his life, it is fitting that KBRH Pharmacy also grows to meet the needs of a department whose staff has doubled since Michael joined. The pharmacy expansion and renovation is part of KBRH’s ongoing redevelopment with an investment of $ 57.8 million in two different capital projects.
A new emergency department opened at KBRH last fall, and construction of a new outpatient unit and refurbishment of the pharmacy is underway. The current project also includes improvements to KBRH’s oncology unit, plaster clinic, physiotherapy department and medical records area.
In the pharmacy, the footprint will increase dramatically, leaving more space for the talented team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to work and ensure that “the right medicine gets to the right patient at the right time,” a mantra. experienced by the KBRH pharmacy team. .
The increased space means quieter places for the pharmacy team. Other pharmacy upgrades include a new private area for patient counseling, standard intravenous preparation rooms, and secure storage rooms.
The pharmacy team may not be seen by patients, but they will be working in a modern setting with cutting edge technology to help support patient care. Pharmacists help develop a drug treatment plan for patients before pharmacy technicians make a distribution plan so nurses can administer the correct medication. This is a complex process where the safe distribution of medications is the top priority.
The hospital pharmacy also distributes medication to outpatients in the community, including all oncology patients. Providing patients with medicines allows them to pick up at home and those who come to pick up medicines will be able to do so and talk to their pharmacist in a new private consultation space, once the project is over.
For Michael Conci, the improved pharmacy will help support the great work that is already happening every day, supporting people’s health.
“I look forward to having a space that helps our team do their jobs safely and efficiently,” he says. “Patients don’t often see the pharmacy team working hard to achieve our vision of ‘taking care of every patient through proper, timely and safe medication management’.
The project will end in 2023.
• March is Pharmacy Appreciation Month, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association celebrates the work of 42,500 pharmacists across Canada. Take a few minutes to find out more about what your pharmacist can do for you at rethinkpharmacists.ca.
• With KBRH, Interior Health has pharmacy renovation projects underway in hospital pharmacies at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, Royal Inland in Kamloops and the Penticton Regional Hospital.
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