Skilled Care Pharmacy Establishes New Partnership with Maple Knoll Communities

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Skilled Care Pharmacy and Maple Knoll Communities have established a new partnership in which Skilled Care will be the main pharmacy provider for all of Maple Knoll Communities.

Skilled Care Pharmacy, the Midwest’s leading institutional pharmacy that provides caring and expert medication dispensing to healthcare facilities, and Maple Knoll Communities, one of Cincinnati’s largest senior living organizations, have established a new partnership in which Skilled Care will be the main pharmacy provider for all of Maple Knoll Communities.

Through this partnership, Skilled Care Pharmacy will become the pharmacy partner for Maple Knoll Communities, which includes the exceptional retirement communities of Maple Knoll Village and the Knolls of Oxford, Sycamore Senior Center, three affordable HUD Senior Living Residences, Maple Knoll Home Health Services, WMKV 89.3 & 89.9 FM Radio Station, a Montessori Child Center and the Hemsworth Wellness Center. Larry Galluzzo, CEO of Skilled Care Pharmacy, noted Maple Knoll is the perfect fit for Skilled Care Pharmacy’s expertise.

“The number one priority of both our organizations is ensuring the health and wellbeing of older adults so they can live happy, healthy and active lives,” Galluzzo explained. “We know we’ll be able to bring value to their organization, just as we know we’ll learn a great deal from their approach to care.”

One of the most valuable assets Skilled Care Pharmacy brings to the partnership is its ability to deliver significant cost savings without compromising resident quality of life or care. For every medication the company recommends adding, it recommends discontinuing eight. Those reductions—coupled with the company’s approach to substituting medications and competitively pricing its products—can save senior living communities up to $1,000 per resident annually.

With multiple sites and hundreds of seniors in its care, the opportunity to operate more efficiently and reduce patient dependency on medication was an attractive business proposition to Maple Knoll Communities. The organization will also take advantage of Skilled Care Pharmacy’s extensive training and ongoing education programs.

“We are excited to start this new venture with Skilled Care Pharmacy. The experience and expertise they bring to the table can only further our commitment to providing the best care possible to those we serve,” said Jim Formal, president and CEO of Maple Knoll Communities.

The partnership is effective as of October 28, 2014.

About Skilled Care Pharmacy
Skilled Care Pharmacy provides expert medication dispensing and a variety of consultative services to health care organizations across the Midwest in a partnership defined by timeliness, accessibility, and continuous improvement. Skilled Care was founded in 1981 and currently serves more than 10,000 residents every day in 100-plus facilities. Skilled Care pharmacists are among the industry’s best and are available 24-7 to address client needs and provide actionable advice – including how to reduce the medications residents take, making them healthier and saving money. For more information, visit http://www.skilledcare.com/ or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About Maple Knoll Communities
Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in the care and support of older adults. Since 1848, Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. has offered innovative, holistic residential and community-based programs that improve the quality of life and respond to individuals' changing needs as they age. Find more information at http://www.mapleknoll.org.

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