Madison Memorial Hospital Installs State’s First Hospital Automated Prescription Drug Dispenser:

Offers Patients Unprecedented New Level of Care and Convenience


Rexburg, Idaho – Madison Memorial Hospital  offers InstyMeds, a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients immediately before leaving the hospital ER. The system, the first of its kind in any hospital in Idaho, offers a safe, convenient way for patients to receive their prescription medications.


“This new system offers patients of the hospital the opportunity to get their prescriptions filled when the local retail pharmacies are closed,”  says Dorsie Sullenger, Director of Pharmacy.  “InstyMeds allows them to get a full course of their prescribed medication so they can concentrate on their healing process at home.   We believe this will enhance patient compliance and provide a much needed service for after hour pharmacy dispensing.


The InstyMeds system automates the entire process from the prescriber issuing the prescription, to the patient obtaining their medications, and payment collection. The patient can obtain their medications and be on their way in about the same time it takes them to use their bank ATM.


How it works. The medical provider enters a prescription electronically and gives patients 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 billing information is automatically submitted to the insurance company. The patient then swipes a debit or credit card to pay for their copay portion.  After the machine performs a triple bar code safety check, the pre-packaged, labeled product is dispensed from the machine to the patient. The entire process typically takes a couple of minutes.


Patient Compliance: Studies show that between 20 and 30 percent of prescriptions that doctors write go unfilled. The added convenience of the InstyMeds system increases the likelihood that the patient will fill their prescription and undergo the medication treatment plan. At Madison we often see patients visiting us from out of the state, and are staying in our resort communities. They are seen in our emergency room, treated and prescribed a medication. Unfortunately, our community does not have 24/7 pharmacies. Often patients will leave and never fill their script due to unavailability.  By offering this service only when the area pharmacies are closed we hope to increase patient compliance.  “As a county-owned hospital we continue to look for new ways to provide high quality care to our patients. We are excited to have been granted the first opportunity by the Board of Pharmacy to offer this type of service”, says Rachel Gonzales, CEO.


Family Maternity Center Renovation

Madison Memorial Family Maternity Center Renovation

Virtual Tour of the new Family Maternity Center 


Since October 2012, Madison Memorial Hospital’s Family Maternity Center has been under construction.  They have not added on any additional labor and delivery suites, but have completely renovated the facility and its furnishings.  They conducted an Open House on May 1, 2013 from 6pm until 8pm for the public. They are also renovating the south entrance by implementing a canopied temporary parking area for patient safety and a more convenient access to the facility. This phase of the project was available for the Open House but will continue its construction for completion in June.  The entire project will cost approximately $1.9 million dollars.  Madison Memorial Hospital delivered nearly 

Madison Memorial Hospital Maternity Center Labor & Delivery

1500 babies last year.  With the increasing population of Brigham Young University-Idaho, the hospital has seen a comparable increase over the last several years in the numbers of births.  They have not added additional rooms to the Maternity Center due to the overflow accommodations the hospital has in place.  There are two Mother Baby sections available which adds on an additional 19 rooms to help with the influx of patients. The hospital is also equipped with 6 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), with a capacity for additional overflow.

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Teddy Bear Clinic

Madison Memorial Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic
Teddy Bear Clinic held at Madison Memorial Hospital

Students Learn Through the Experience of Their Teddy Bear


Madison Memorial invited all the elementary schools within the hospital’s service area to have their second-graders attend as a field-trip. Parents were also welcome to meet students at the hospital or arrange with their child’s teacher to accompany them on the field-trip.


The purpose of the Teddy Bear Clinic is to provide an educational opportunity for students and help increase their comfort within a medical setting. Students will learn about health, poison control, immunizations, DARE and numerous safety and medical issues that are experienced by their stuffed animal as a patient.

Madison Memorial Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic 2


Highlights of the Clinic will include a tour through the Emergency Room, a climb inside an ambulance, hand washing, and many more information-packed stations. Numerous staff and volunteers were there to assist and ensure a positive experience. Each child received a bag with a coloring book, snack, and other informative health-related materials to remind them of their visit and to share with their parents.


This event is was sponsored by Madison Memorial Hospital, The Madison Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Upper Valley Women’s Auxiliary. The Teddy Bear Clinic is also being supported by many businesses in the community. For more information about this event, contact Doug McBride at (208) 359-9817.


MRI Update

Madison Memorial ADDs Breakthrough MRI Scanner 



Madison Memorial Hospital adds breakthrough MR scanner to boost image clarity, exam speed, and patient comfort


Rexburg, Idaho, Madison Memorial Hospital today confirmed that the “Go Live” date for their new MRI scanner will be June 3, 2013.  Patients and physicians will now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. According to hospital spokesman Doug McBride, “This is the first to be implemented in southeastern Idaho.  There are currently only 2 other units in Idaho, both based in Boise.”

This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MR scans with a high level of patient comfort. It can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes it less confining due to a larger 70cm bore rather than the previous 60cm opening.   In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient’s head entirely out of the opening, creating a better patient experience.  Patients will be able to select the ambient color for their room lighting and select their favorite music to listen to while being treated.

This new system incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MR images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body—including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, and organ disease.

“It gives our radiologists and referring physician’s access to the highest-quality images available, which assists them in making informed diagnoses. This new MRI is a win-win for our clinicians and our patients,

To learn more about MR imaging at Madison Memorial Hospital call Radiology at (208)359-6510.

Madison Memorial Hospital New MRI Broadcast



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