In 2018, Massachusetts updated its sterile compounding guidelines to align with the latest USP 797/800 regulations to increase the safety of sterile and hazardous drug compounding throughout the state. In response, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center undertook the daunting task of upgrading their existing pharmacies at their main campus in Burlington to meet the new code requirements while remaining 100% operational throughout construction. The pharmacy department seized the opportunity to increase their physical footprint and optimize their workflows to handle the increased volume, improve safety, efficiency, and the overall staff/patient experience. The multi-phased project resulted in a dedicated administration suite and three new ISO 7&8 cleanrooms with state-of-the-art features and safety technology. Work included:
HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical systems were reconfigured, cleanrooms were installed using a Plascore panelized system, and a new exhaust duct was run from the first floor to a new set of exhaust fans located on the seventh-floor roof. Columbia provided support for budgeting, pre-purchasing, scheduling, and logistics.