Jillian Poutre – Heading Up North Country Hospital’s Medication Reconciliation Program
Special Collaboration, Nancy Goss Newport, VT
Medication is designed to make us feel better or keep us healthy. However, combining certain medications can have dire, if not deadly, consequences. North Country Hospital is constantly striving to avoid medication errors.
One of the frontline employees working to avoid such errors in the hospital and for when the patients return home is Jillian Poutre, CPHT, a hospital pharmacy technician. She heads up the hospital’s Medication Reconciliation Program.
“This has been one of the most fulfilling jobs I have ever had,” Jillian said. “The Reconciliation Program helps us avoid unintended harm to our patients.” She is quick to point out that she is only one of many people at North Country dedicated to working to avoid medication errors. “It’s a collaborative effort.”
In addition, she praised the administration for taking this proactive step toward protecting patients.
A 2001 graduate of Lake Region Union High School in Barton, Jillian joined North Country Hospital on February 7. Since arriving at North Country she has distinguished herself as a dedicated, hard worker who cares about the patients the hospital serves. Before coming to North Country she worked as a pharmacy technician for three years at Copley Hospital in
Jillian Poutre, CPHT, medication reconciliation program manager, helps keep North Country patients safe.