The Pyxis Are Coming to SWMC

automated medication dispensing system

A New Approach to Medication Management

automated medication dispensing system

automated medication dispensing system

SWMC is implementing an innovative, automated pharmacy system to help our patients start healing faster by reducing the time it takes to get their first dose of medicine. The new Pyxis® System from CareFusion helps clinicians safely and efficiently dispense medications and also improves efficient, patient-centric nursing and pharmacy workflows.

Pyxis® Medication Management System is a classic case of ‘better patient care through advanced technology’. The benefits to patients and the hospital are startling:

  • Safer patient care: safeguards at every step reduce medication errors by 82%
  • Increased efficiency: cut pharmacist order processing time by 35%
  • Cost Savings: manage inventory costs more effectively and cut the financial impact of adverse events
  • Real-Time Information: medication data is instantly available when and where it’s needed…simplifying communication and improving collaboration across the patient care team.

Automating the medication process from order submission to patient administration means staff can focus on delivering patient-centric care. Can you blame us for thinking there’s something a bit magical about our Pyxis?

Exactly What and Where are the Pyxis?

The Pyxis MedStation system is an automated dispensing cabinet with added safety precautions for medications often at risk of diversion. It helps clinicians safely and efficiently dispense medications while offering nurses medication and patient information in one place.

SWMC initially is installing Pyxis MedStations in the Medical-Surgical Department, Emergency Room, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit, with more locations to be added.

Pyxis automated medication dispensing

Announcing SWMC Hospital Services

Announcing SWMC Services

This is an exciting time!

Announcing SWMC ServicesHundreds of people have toured our facility over the past months to witness the ongoing transformation and find out about the new Sonoma West Medical Center, and one question is always on everybody’s mind: “What services will you be providing?”

After a year of planning, recreating and rebuilding, of hiring and training a cohesive team of the best health professionals, it’s time to announce our new Hospital Services!

Learn more about these services and the doctors who run them. Over the next few months we will be rolling out an expanding a number of Specialty Institutes to serve urgent needs of our community.

Too Many Wranglers and Too Many Electrical Snakes in Too Little Space

Rewiring the Hospital

Too many wranglers and too many electrical snakes in too little space.  These Cable Cowboys are tearing out, rebuilding, and reinstalling the electrical ‘wall’ in the back-up generator room just to make sure that when PG&E goes out, we stay on.

Rewiring the Hospital


Shift change at the ‘fire marshal station’.  Over the weekend while the power is ‘interruptible’, orange the new fashion statement… with a little ‘bull-horn’ bling on the side.

Rewiring the Hospital

Highlight of Saturday Tours: The Ape-endectomy

Highlight of the Saturday Tours

Jocko is recovering nicely

Jocko is recovering nicely

One of the highlights of the Saturday tours is the Ape-endectomy. Join Christine Smith for a  live operation on her little friend. It is a crowd pleaser for sure.

And just so all of you know… Jocko is recovering very nicely in his newly redecorated Patient room looking out over the inner courtyard ‘Jungle’.

“Before the new hospital was built the old Palm Drive hospital had a monkey in a cage in front of the hospital. Dr. Holmes had told me about it, and older patients remembered it. He was named Jocko.”

~Ella Rose Smith