Construction is underway inside Metroplex Adventist Hospital as the local health care provider transforms its Outpatient Registration services into a retail pharmacy.

Currently, the hospital does not have a Class A retail pharmacy, so the addition will offer patients the convenience of having prescriptions filled while they are still in the hospital, said Steven McClure, pharmacy director at the hospital. “What we’re trying to do is to make sure that when our patients leave here, they’re on their medication.”

Construction for the pharmacy began Aug. 19 and the project is expected to be completed by Oct. 25. Outpatient Registration services were temporarily moved to the Ambulatory Surgery Center until Nov. 1.

Andy Van Hook, interim superintendent for the site’s construction, said the roughly 2,300-square-foot room located near the hospital’s main entrance will mainly serve as a pharmacy, although there also will be a laboratory draw station.

“We’re limited on what we can do because it is a renovation of a hospital and you have patients coming in and out of the emergency area. We have to try to keep everything contained and not be a distraction,” Van Hook said. “Right now, we are looking to stay on schedule and under budget. So far, everything is going smoothly.”

Once complete, the addition to the hospital will allow patients to receive pharmacy consultations in their hospital rooms regarding the use of the medication and the importance of taking them properly, which ultimately will help reduce the risk of medication errors and readmissions.

Physicians will be able to send orders electronically to the pharmacy and a patient or family member can pick them up before going home or the pharmacy will deliver to the patient’s room.

The pharmacy also will be open to residents who are not patients at the hospital.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.