Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center installs InstyMeds machine

Arlington, MN (May 15, 2014)—Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center is now offering patients the option to have prescriptions filled immediately before leaving the Urgent Care and Emergency Department. It recently installed InstyMeds, a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients.

“This system is available 24 hours a day and offers a safe, convenient option for our patients who are ill or in pain to receive their prescribed medications at the point of care before leaving,” said Todd Sandberg, vice president/administrator, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center. “Many of our patients’ visits to Urgent Care and the Emergency Department happen outside of regularly scheduled clinic hours or on weekends and holidays. With InstyMeds, those patients can now have those urgent prescriptions filled immediately.

“Hospitals nationwide—including Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia—are using this system and, with more than 2 million InstyMed dispenses without error, the system is 100 percent safe for our patients,” Sandberg added.

According to InstyMeds, the automatic process takes just a few minutes to complete. A medical provider enters a medication order electronically, counsels the patient on the prescribed medication and gives the patient a voucher with a unique security code. Using the touch-screen of the InstyMeds dispenser, the patient enters the unique security code and their date of birth. The patient then swipes a debit or credit card to pay for the medication. After the dispenser performs a triple bar code safety check, the prepackaged, labeled product is dispensed to the patient. For information, visit www.instymeds.com.

About Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center

Located in Arlington, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center is a critical access hospital—providing urgent care, general surgery, and 24/7 hospital and emergency services to residents of Sibley County and the surrounding area. It is part of the Ridgeview Medical Center network, which also includes a hospital in Waconia, a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska. For more information about Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center, visit www.sibleymedical.org.