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Aurora Institutional Pharmacy Hires Gordon Sauer as Supervisor of Consultant Pharmacists

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Gordon SauerMilwaukee, Wis. -- Gordon Sauer, R.Ph., has been named supervisor of consultant pharmacists at Aurora Institutional Pharmacy.

Sauer's role involves working with long-term care and assisted living facilities to help ensure a resident's medications aren't creating any unanticipated problems. He also works to make sure the facility has a comprehensive and accurate record of all medications that have been prescribed.

"We review charts to make certain each resident is receiving the proper medications and offer an additional safety step of checking any new medications for compatibility of existing drugs. That means monitoring the drugs for effectiveness and working with a patient's physician to help ensure a safe and effective combination of medications is being prescribed," he said.

Sauer, who received his pharmacy degree in 1970 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, started his career in hospitals, then joined the long-term area of health care in 1975.

"That's where I found my niche," he said. "Many long-term care and assisted living residents with multiple medications or new medications may need help understanding how the drugs interact with other drugs or how the medications might affect the resident. I want each resident to get the best quality of life each day that they're with us."

Sauer said that may include recommending some drugs be eliminated and others added. "That's why we spend time working with the facility's nursing team to review the resident's progress notes and lab reports," he explained.

Before joining Aurora, Sauer most recently spent eight years with Omnicare, another long-term care pharmacy provider.

Sauer, who has a master's in administration, is a fellow in the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He also is a longtime Oconomowoc resident.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Sue Pierman

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