Fairmeadows continues to provide medical care from the comfort of home

2013-09-08T06:15:00Z 2013-09-09T11:01:05Z Fairmeadows continues to provide medical care from the comfort of home nwitimes.com
September 08, 2013 6:15 am

A vital part of the Northwest Indiana medical community since 1975, the Fairmeadows Organization continues in its mission to deliver the highest quality home infusion and medical equipment services and products in order to enhance the quality of life and the independence of those who have come to rely upon them.

“We are an even stronger and more patient oriented company,” says Pharmacist Dan Zurawski, RPH, the company’s president and founder. “Our pharmacists here have more than 65 years experience in intravenous infusion.”

To accomplish their mission, Fairmeadows Home Infusion compounds sterile products for patients released from the hospital who are being cared for at home.

“We have a whole array of different antibiotics available,” says Zurawski noting that some medicines are administered via an infusion pump and others by gravity. “Among the services our home infusion company provides are antibiotics for many conditions such as osteomyelitis, a rare but serious bone infection and other therapies like total Parenteral Nutrition, which is feeding a person intravenously who can’t get nutrients through the usual process of eating and digestion.”

Fairmeadows’s service area is about 35 to 40 miles from their Munster location which includes much of Northwest Indiana and the southern suburbs of Chicago as well as towns like Orland Park, Bourbonnais and Kankakee.

“Over the years we’ve developed relationships with many of the hospitals and their case managers not only in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago but also teaching hospitals in Chicago and Indianapolis,” he says. “Nurses rely upon us and know that we can take care of their patients.”

Because of that Zurawski says they sometimes get calls from medical practitioners about patients who need their help but live outside of the service range.

“For example, not too long ago we got a call from a hospital in Indy and we ended up serving a pediatric patient in Winamac, about 68 miles from here because they couldn’t find any other provider willing to serve the patient,” says Zurawski, a graduate of Purdue University’s pharmacy school. “In cases like that, we’re always willing to go out of our way to serve people.”

Home infusion is a growing need.

“Many times the patient only spends a day or so in the hospital or doesn’t even stay in the hospital, but is sent home for six weeks or so of antibiotic therapy,” says Zurawski. “Home infusion is cost effective. Instead of spending an amount like $3000 or more per day to the hospital, it costs just a couple hundred dollars. Plus the patient has the comfort of being in their own home.”

Noting that Fairmeadows complies with all federal and state standards for preparation of sterile products and are also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), Zurawski adds, “It’s very fulfilling to help people and to know you’re making a difference.”

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