Essentia Health streamlines medication pick-up following hospital discharges

The “Meds to Beds” service brings prescriptions right to the patient’s bedside


BRAINERD – Essentia Health now offers a service that makes picking up prescription medications easier for hospitalized patients.

“Meds to Beds” brings prescriptions right to hospitalized patients’ bedsides prior to discharge, eliminating the need to stop at a pharmacy on the way home.

Eligible patients are enrolled in the service by the Meds to Beds team. At the time of discharge, pharmacy team members help ensure all prescriptions are safe, effective and affordable. Once filled and packaged by the on-site Essentia pharmacy, they are delivered to the patient’s room. A virtual consultation by a pharmacist is also provided.

There is no additional cost for the service; however, all prescription co-pays and out-of-pocket costs still apply. Certain eligibility criteria must be met for the service.

This service is offered at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, Essentia Health- Duluth, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior and Essentia Health-Virginia. It will be offered at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd this spring.

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