Contract for assisted living, nursing residents is first outside of Sentara facilities
Norfolk, VA – September 4, 2009 – The Sentara Life Care pharmacy team has won a one-year contract for services to Harbor’s Edge, Norfolk’s premier LifeCare retirement community.
The contract is to serve 75 or more residents in the assisted living, skilled and long-term care programs at Harbor’s Edge, which also includes a large independent living component. This arrangement marks the first time that Sentara Life Care pharmacists will serve a facility not affiliated with Sentara.
“This is a great opportunity for us to extend the Sentara patient safety and service commitments to the larger community,” says Bruce Robertson, vice president of Sentara Life Care. “We think we’ll be a good fit with Harbor’s Edge,” Robertson continues, “and we hope to add other services as we develop this new model.”
Sentara Life Care pharmacy is housed at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a few blocks and mere minutes from Harbor’s Edge on the historic Fort Norfolk waterfront.
“Our services are available 24 hours a day,” says Mark DeAngelo, director of pharmacy for Sentara Life Care. “We are staffed until 10:00pm and there is a pharmacist on call to fill overnight prescriptions through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.”
DeAngelo says Harbor’s Edge will receive the same level of service as Sentara Life Care facilities, which include seven nursing centers and three assisted living villages.
“Harbor’s Edge is our partner now,” DeAngelo says, “and we know how important safe and timely pharmacy services are for our seniors.”
Services also include multiple prescription deliveries per day by courier, periodic on-site consultation by Sentara pharmacists and access to the Sentara eCare Health Network® for residents who are patients of Sentara hospitals or physicians. Sentara eCare enhances patient safety through a comprehensive electronic medical record, including all prescribed medications.
“We see this as another opportunity to serve our residents,” says Neil Volder,
Harbor’s Edge Executive Director. “Sentara has a commitment to high quality that matches ours and this is an exciting partnership.”
Sentara Life Care includes seven nursing homes and three assisted living villages, a dedicated physician group and pharmacy, PACE senior day programs in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth (2010), a Senior Day Health Care program in Virginia Beach and Mobile Meals, serving 200 recipients in Norfolk. Sentara Life Care is a subsidiary of Sentara Healthcare, a highly-integrated health care delivery system headquartered in Norfolk, VA.
Harbor’s Edge, which opened in 2006, is Norfolk’s state-of-the-art continuing care retirement community, located on the Elizabeth River. The 17-story high-rise premier LifeCare community is located near Norfolk’s revitalized downtown district, adjacent to historic Fort Norfolk, providing new opportunities for a happier, healthier way of life. As a LifeCare community, Harbor’s Edge provides independent living, assisted living, memory support and a health care center to meet the full continuum of care with quality that exceeds industry standards.