Indiana, PA – Diamond Drugs, Inc. is proud to announce that they are the new primary sponsor of the Angels’ Wings Program, which provides gifts and necessary items to those in need during the holiday season. In 1984, the Donnelly Family, then owners of The Indiana Gazette, created a program to give to those in need in Indiana County during the holiday season. The program has had a few name changes over the years, but the mission has always remained the same: to spread a bit of joy and hope during the holidays to those who need it most.
With the recent sale of The Indiana Gazette, the Donnelly Family wanted to find a new primary sponsor of the program and Diamond Drugs, Inc. quickly came to mind. “After seeing the history of their commitment to the program over the years, Diamond Drugs is the perfect fit as the new primary sponsor of the Angels’ Wings Program. They have always been amazingly generous with their support,” said Linda Donnelly, who will remain involved with the program as an advisor.
The Indiana Gazette will continue to sponsor the program as well.
Mark Zilner, Diamond’s Owner & Chief Operating Officer, is looking forward to sponsoring the program. “We are honored to take over the Angels’ Wings Program and continue the wonderful work that the Donnelly Family, Indiana Gazette, and ICCAP have done over the years for our community. Angels’ Wings is a program that helps so many during the holiday season and we are looking forward to working with ICCAP and The Indiana Gazette to ensure the continued success of this valuable program.”
Indiana, PA- Since 2015, the clinical pharmacists of Diamond’s Drug Information Center have been a lifeline for institutional healthcare providers, dispensing pharmacotherapy expertise on demand – from dosing, to disease states, drug-drug interactions, formulary management, and more.
But with the pharmacy profession moving closer to integrating clinical pharmacists into direct patient care in recent years, these clinical pharmacists had evolved beyond just providing drug information, and they wanted their healthcare partners to see this clearly.
They started with a fitting name change. The Drug Information Center is now the Office of Pharmacy Therapeutics and Integrated Clinical Services, or OPTICS. OPTICS is more than a name change – it’s a change in focus, and in capabilities.
“The Drug Information Center was our first real venture into a formalized clinical pharmacy program,” said Zane Gray, Pharm. D., BCACP, the clinical pharmacist supervisor for the group. “Now through OPTICS, we’re getting away from that restrictive information-based approach and into a more patient-oriented team.”
This new patient-oriented approach is best reflected in the “Integrated Clinical Services” portion of the name. The goal is simple: To actively incorporate tenets of their clinical pharmacy expertise into the everyday operations of the facility medical teams they serve, rather than just acting as a passive reference.
“We’re actually going out and interacting with our clinicians and having a meaningful effect on patient care,” Gray said.
OPTICS achieves this meaningful effect on patient care through collaborative formulary management practices, medication therapy management, individualized patient care plans, comprehensive medication managment, and a new service called the Medication Surveillanz Monitoring Program (MSMP), a tool to identify the safest and most cost-effective treatments for patients while mitigating adverse drug risks.
“Now we feel we’re actually integrated into the process of patient care,” said Stephen Ford, Pharm.D., BCGP, an OPTICS pharmacist. “Sometimes we’re even able to communicate with providers before medications are prescribed or recommended, and we can follow those patients longitudinally.”
Moving away from an information-based approach does not mean doing away with drug information, however. OPTICS will continue to focus on provider-level education, offering customers the webinars, clinical reference documents, and yes, the on-demand clinical answers they’re accustomed to receiving from the Drug Information Center.
The only noticeable change the OPTICS team wants customers to see is a continuous improvement in their patient’s outcomes.
“I believe OPTICS is a one-of-a-kind program,” Gray said. “We’re taking patient care models that you see in the community, that maybe aren’t as applicable to the patients in the facilities we work with, and adapting them into new patient-centered clinical pharmacy services that you can’t find anywhere else, but at Diamond.”
Diamond Pharmacy Services was recognized as the Industry
Partner of the Year by the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA), a
Harrisburg-based trade association representing personal care homes and
assisted living communities in the Keystone State.
As one of four categories within PALA’s inaugural Keystone Awards, Industry Partner of the Year recognizes businesses and organizations “who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through their dedication to PALA and the Personal Care and Assisted Living industry overall”, according to PALA’s website.
PALA Executive Director Margie Zelenak dropped by the company’s White Township headquarters September 18 to present a certificate to a delegation that included company vice president Gilbert Zilner, personal care and assisted living account executives Charles Plazio and Nick McFerron, and education coordinator and infusion educator Trina Plazio.
“Diamond Pharmacy understands the regulatory requirements for Personal Care and Assisted Living Communities,” Zelenak said in a statement. “Their expertise in medication management has provided the PALA members with the resources needed to deliver quality care to the residents they serve.”
Zelenak also credited Diamond’s
sponsorship and support of annual PALA conferences, both in terms of money and
for providing speakers to present continuing education seminars to PALA
“Because of their support, we can
continue to provide quality education for the communities,” she said.
The PALA award is fitting for a company that grew into Pennsylvania’s largest independently owned long-term care pharmacy.
“Diamond has a long history serving the assisted living and personal care communities,” said Charles Plazio. “Besides providing medications to their residents, we do our best to be an overall care resource for them, and working closely with PALA makes this easier.”
Diamond Pharmacy’s award will be
formally recognized at the upcoming PALA Fall Conference in Lancaster, October
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation (ASCP Foundation) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Herb Langsam Pharmacy Provider Services Award has been conferred to Diamond Pharmacy Services for their distinguished “Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP).” Bestowed annually by the Foundation, the Herb Langsam Pharmacy Services Award acknowledges a pharmacy organization that is an exemplary provider of pharmacy services.
Diamond, established in 1970 as a provider of retail pharmacy services, has grown into the nation’s largest correctional pharmacy provider and Pennsylvania’s largest independently owned long term care pharmacy.
Committed to stewardship, Dr. Deborah Milito, Pharm.D., BCGP, FASCP of Diamond Pharmacy Services, developed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, incorporating the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) Core Elements for nursing homes. The basis of the program, is to provide other consultant pharmacists with the educational background to optimize antimicrobial prescribing and improve outcomes while empowering them to become educators and facilitate staff training within their own facilities. The ASP, which was launched in 2016, identified some early goals to help Diamond facilities drive their antimicrobial stewardship initiative. These goals include lowering the amount of urinalyses (UA) ordered, determining an appropriate diagnosis of all antimicrobials, and identifying a discontinuation date. Since the inception of the ASP, Diamond Pharmacy Services has realized a reduction in unnecessary UAs by up to an impressive 75% in some facilities in the first quarter of 2018, increased the use of facility specific antibiograms by almost 70%, and stayed focused on obtaining cut dates for all antimicrobial orders.
Integral to the continued success of the ASP, is the leadership provided by Joan Zilner,R.Ph., President; Gilbert Zilner, R.Ph., P.D., FASCP, Vice President; Mark Zilner, R.Ph., Chief Operating Officer; Matthew Valasek, R.Ph, MBA, Director of Pharmacy Operations; Deborah Milito, Pharm.D., Director of Clinical/Consultant Services Long-Term Care Antibiotic Stewardship Officer; and Paul Daisley, R.Ph., Director Long-Term Care.
The ASCP Foundation is the research and education affiliate of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of older persons through appropriate, effective, and safe medication use.
The Pittsburgh Business Times recently honored Diamond Pharmacy Services as one of its 2018 Family Business award winners. Diamond is one of 20 family-owned companies from the greater Pittsburgh region to receive the award. Recipients will be honored May 1 at an awards luncheon held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.
Diamond Drugs, Inc. was named to the “Top 100 Organizations of 2017” list by Pennsylvania Business Central, a bi-weekly business journal providing business news to readers in 23 central Pennsylvania counties. According to their website, this Top 100 list recognizes organizations with “positive impacts in the business community of central Pennsylvania” and as “leaders in their chosen fields, bringing new ideas, technology and services to their counties and spheres of influence.”
You might have noticed that the links to the personal care/assisted living, skilled, and DIALOG pages are missing from our homepage. This is because we’ve launched a new external website dedicated specifically to our long-term care pharmacy services. We’re very proud to introduce www.diamondpharmacyltc.com.
Diamond Pharmacy Services, an Equal Opportunity Employer*, is looking for new team members to fill positions in customer service, data entry, packaging, and billing. Interested? Simply email, fax, or mail your resume to us. We look forward to hearing from you.
*An Equal Opportunity Employer including individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Diamond Pharmacy Services has been named “Pharmacy of the Month” in the latest issue of Pharmacy Edge magazine, a publication of the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance. Click here to check out the issue.