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Pekin Hospital Automates Medication-Use Process, Manages Controlled Substances With Omnicell Solutions

Thursday, October 18, 2007 General News J E 4
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and PEKIN, Ill., Oct. 17 Pekin Hospital, a 125-bed medical center that provides advanced care andstate-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, has chosen Omnicell, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMCL) automation technology for managing its medication-use process.

To date, Pekin Hospital has installed three OmniRx(R) and 11OmniSupplier(R) medication distribution and dispensing systems, six of whichhave OmniDispenser modules that incorporate automated single-dose dispensing.These Omnicell systems provide convenience and control over medications at thepoint of use, helping improve cost management, reduce inventory, and increaseoverall efficiency and productivity for both Pekin Hospital pharmacy andnursing staff.

In addition, six Anesthesia Workstations from Omnicell provide PekinHospital operating rooms with a complete system for the management ofanesthesia supplies and medications, while complementing the workflow of theclinician at the point of care.

"Omnicell systems have provided us with a full range of benefits,including compliance with regulatory standards, increased efficiency for thepharmacy, and improved patient safety" said Angelia Dreher, RPh, Director ofPharmacy Services, Pekin Hospital. "We can now complete bar code scanning toconfirm the medication identity for restock, and ensure that medications arecontrolled and secure."

Pekin Hospital has also installed Omnicell SecureVault(TM) 4.0 for closed-loop management of controlled substances. The SecureVault solution combinessoftware with advanced automated dispensing technology, enabling the PekinHospital pharmacy staff to track, monitor, and control the movement ofcontrolled substances from a central vault to multiple locations.

"It is clear that Pekin Hospital is committed to improving the quality anddelivery of healthcare to the patients it serves," said Richard Caldwell,senior product manager, at Omnicell "With Omnicell automated systems, PekinHospital staff no longer has to be involved in the time-consuming manualprocess of counting medications, allowing them to spend more time on caregiving activities."

About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) is a leading provider of systems targetingpatient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities. Since1992, Omnicell has worked to enhance patient safety and allow clinicians tospend more time with their patients.

Omnicell's medication-use product line includes solutions for the centralpharmacy, nursing unit, operating room, and patient bedside. Solutions rangefrom complete automation systems for the central pharmacy to nursing unit andbedside dispensing cabinet systems. From the point at which a medicationarrives at the receiving dock to the time it is administered, Omnicell systemsstore it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide informationand controls on its use and reorder.

Our supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with fast,effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, andtimely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinetsystems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursingunit, cath lab and operating room. For more information, visitwww.omnicell.com.

About Pekin Hospital

Since 1913, Pekin Hospital has been dedicated to improving the health ofits community. Just 20 minutes south of Peoria in central Illinois, PekinHospital is a 125-bed medical center that provides advanced care and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities offered by few other hospitals its size. YetPekin Hospital remains small enough to give personal attention to its patientsand their families during major and minor illnesses and injuries. For moreinformation please visit http://www.pekinhospital.org

SOURCE Omnicell, Inc.; Pekin Hospital
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