The Good Shepherd Nursing Home District board of trustees, after review of six bidders by an outside pharmacist, has chosen to contract with United Scripts near St. Louis for its pharmacy services for the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles.
District Administrator Lance Smith said the move was based on “significantly lower” costs to the district (in both generic and name-brand drugs and services at Medicaid pricing); availability of technology that will allow pharmacy services to access electronic medical records systems; and services such as on-site medication dispensary machines and twice-a-day deliveries. Smith said local pharmacies will be relied upon in a secondary and backup capacity for their 24-hour emergency availability.
The district’s facilities in Laurie use Guardian Pharmacy of Springfield for their services.
The nursing home district board, Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Versailles, learned that the recent financial audit by Larson-Allen was completed and there were no deficiencies reported.
Smith said the district is planning to open its new day care, called Good Shepherd Child Learning Center, to the public on or about Monday, Nov. 13 at the Laurie Car Center. Cost will be $50 per week for employees and $100 per week for the public. The day care will focus on integrating children with the elderly. Tutoring will also be available. In addition, the day care has a large playground and other amenities.
Smith said, because of limited staff numbers, admissions have been capped to “assure quality of care.” The district is currently behind $170,879 for 2017 YTD.
The next board meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Laurie facility.