By Meredith Knight
We’re blessed to be in DFW and surrounding areas with outstanding hospitals and physicians–some of the best in the country. But a new study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital asserts that, for many, home is the best place to recuperate. The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a home infusion model can improve care while greatly reducing costs.
Enter Physician’s Choice Home Infusion Pharmacy. If you don’t know what a home infusion pharmacy does, an article on BizJournal.com describes it like this. “Home infusion therapy (HIT) is a suitable alternative care option for many patients whereby the patient receives self-administration training, has all necessary medication and supplies delivered to their home, and has the support and resources they need.” Physician’s Choice Home Infusion Pharmacy is all about streamlining that care—for patients, for physicians, and for the hospital.
“We mostly work with case managers and social workers at local hospitals,” said Physician’s Choice’s Rob Zachariah. “They identify patients eager to go home but still requiring IV medication. They send the patient’s information to us at the pharmacy. We assess it and determine whether they’re a good candidate for our services.” Once the patient has been released to the home, all necessary medication is delivered to them, and the therapy begins.
“We arrange for a nurse to visit the home to teach the patient how to administer their medication using eclipse balls we’ve shipped them,” Rob said. “It’s a win-win. The hospital is able to free up a bed, the patient can recuperate in the comfort of their home, and we keep their doctor in the loop throughout their care. It’s also a win for our organization.”
The organization is owned by a husband and wife team, Rob and Suzen Zachariah. Suzen says they started their first pharmacy in a 600-square-foot space about ten years ago, and today both of their pharmacies occupy close to 10,000 square feet. Rob says Physician’s Choice isn’t the biggest home infusion pharmacy in Texas, and they’re not the oldest. Yet, they continue to receive copious referrals because they’re accommodating to their referral sources and provide the most personalized care for each patient. “Doctors, nurses, and hospital social workers rave about our team,” he said. “They really are exemplary. We have a very low turnover among our employees, and we like to think it’s because of the culture we’ve created. Our employees take pride in their jobs. Happy employees treat our patients well, and that’s our ultimate goal.”
2700 Tibbets Drive, Suite 205 (across from Texas Health Methodist)
Bedford, Texas 76022