The Red Lake Hospital Clinical Pharmacy Program started small, looking at what would improve the quality of care for patients and their health outcomes. Starting with just one medical provider and his patient care team, the pharmacists began their clinical services by optimizing blood pressure, lipid treatment medications, diabetes education, tobacco and diabetic screenings, immunizations, and comprehensive medication reviews. This model continued to evolve and opened the doors for the pharmacy to expand on new initiatives.
In 2016, with the expansion of pharmacy managed clinics to 13 different disease states, an initiative to remove the siloed clinical model and start cross-training pharmacists started. In 2017, a comprehensive pharmacy primary care model was developed with one pharmacy managed clinic managing multiple diseases (diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma/COPD, hypothyroidism, tobacco cessation, immunizations, transitions of care and comprehensive medication management).
The Red Lake Hospital Clinical Pharmacy Program's goal is to continue evolving and optimizing our services for our patients and our community, to demonstrate quality patient care and uphold the mission of Indian Health Service to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska natives (AI/AN) to the highest level.