Kaweah Delta Retail Pharmacy Opens In Visalia
VISALIA – A new program at Kaweah Delta Medical Center provides prescription
delivery to patients and provides the community a retail pharmacy steps
from the hospital where people can conveniently get prescriptions filled.
“This is about making sure our patients stay healthy. If they choose
our pharmacy, they will have prescriptions in hand before they leave the
hospital,” said Dr. James McNulty, Pharmacy Director of Kaweah Delta.
When people who have been in the hospital do not fill prescriptions (an
estimated 30 percent of patients), there’s a pretty good chance
they will be visiting the hospital again, Dr. McNulty said.
Through the program called RXDirect, patients of the hospital can choose
to have their medications delivered to their bedside. The end goal is
to make sure patients have the prescriptions they need when they leave
the hospital. Another advantage of the program is that it offers patients
time to visit with a pharmacist to understand why they are taking medications
and ask questions about them, said Dr. Sunny Bains, the pharmacist overseeing
prescriptions at Kaweah Delta’s Pharmacy.
The pharmacy, open to the public, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays
and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, just outside the hospital on the
first floor of 202 W. Willow Ave., Suite 102. The pharmacy offers automatic
refills, prescription refills, and over-the-counter medications.
Dr. Bains was born and raised in Visalia and is a graduate of Golden West
High School. He has a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific
School of Pharmacy and has worked locally at CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.
“If you don’t take a medication as prescribed, you will not
receive the maximum benefit of the medication,” Bains said. “People
need to understand how to take their prescriptions and the importance
of taking them.” For more information on the Kaweah Delta Pharmacy, visit