Lucas Smith accepts award

Lucas Smith of Buena Vista Drug displays the 2019 Clinical Innovation Award from Health Mart.

Health Mart has awarded Buena Vista Drug with the 2019 Clinical Innovation Award at McKesson’s annual ideaShare conference.

The Clinical Innovation award was presented to Buena Vista Drug, which has enrolled nearly 300 patients in med sync, allowing more time for patient counseling.

That has led to the pharmacy consistently being in the top 20 percent in most Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies categories.

Buena Vista also offers a wide range of clinical services, including:

• Diabetes education. It’s the only pharmacy accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators that is performing group diabetic self-management education in Colorado. Going further, Buena Vista has expanded to diabetes prevention classes.

• Contraceptive and smoking cessation counseling. Colorado has statewide protocols for counseling and prescribing both hormonal contraceptives and smoking cessation. All the pharmacists are trained to provide these programs.

• Point-of-care testing. Patients can have their A1C, cholesterol and blood pressure checked, as well as receive rapid flu and strep testing.

• Nutrient depletion counseling. Buena Vista’s pharmacy management system prompts staff when a patient’s medication could lead to nutrient depletion. This alerts staff to discuss possible benefits of vitamins and supplements.

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