Publix said the enhanced pharmacy, which opened its doors Wednesday, offers specialized convenience to children and their families, visitors, guests and health system employees on an outpatient basis.
Operating Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Publix Pharmacy at Nemours Children’s Hospital will provide access to specialty medications for children and employees, bedside delivery to the hospital’s inpatient units and access to prescription refills at any Publix pharmacy location.
In addition, the Publix pharmacy will give patients access to the food and drug retailer’s free medication program, including select antibiotics, lisinopril, amlodipine and immediate-release metformin, as permitted by law.
“Publix Pharmacies have been dedicated to the health and wellness needs of our customers and their families. The opportunity to bring our level of customer care to the children at Nemours Children’s Hospital not only allows us to meet their immediate needs but also to build long-term relationships with our customers as they return home,” Fred Ottolino, vice president of pharmacy operations for Publix, said in a statement.
Publix operates four other pharmacies in hospital systems, including at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Moffitt McKinley Campus in Tampa, Fla.; and Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.
“Nemours is always looking for ways to improve the experience of our patient families, and our new retail pharmacy from Publix will do just that,” stated Dana Nicholson Bledsoe, president of Nemours Children’s Hospital. “With expanded hours and more locations for refills, we expect this new collaboration to make life easier for those who rely on us.”
An internationally recognized children’s health system, Nemours owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Overall, Publix operates 1,134 supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina, including approximately 1,000 in-store pharmacies.