PITTSBURG — Out with the old and in with the new, the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has plans to update its pharmacy management system.

The center received $30,000 as part of the $1 million in Capacity Building grants awarded by the Sunflower Foundation.

The foundation supports nonprofit organizations which serves the low-income and uninsured population through health care and prevention services.

“Hundreds of nonprofit organizations around our state are dedicated to improving the health and well being of Kansans,” Sunflower Foundation President and CEO Billie G. Hall said in a release. “But when resources are tight, productivity and efficiency can be undermined by things like outdated technology or obstacles to public communication.”

According to a release, the center’s current in-house pharmacy management software system was designed for a smaller operation and has been in place since opened in 2007.

“We recognized early on that access to affordable prescription medicine was a challenge,” CHC/SEK Executive Vice-President Jason Wesco said in a release. “Our goal was to ensure that patients didn’t have to choose between buying food or filling prescriptions.”

Since 2007, the center’s building has expanded from 15,000 square feet to nearly 40,000 square feet and serving more patients.

“We went from having one pharmacist to five and from filling a few thousand prescriptions a month to more than 120,000 last year,” Wesco said. “We’ve also added mail-order and home delivery service.”

The center plans to purchase an advanced system which will help increase the volume of prescriptions and offer convenience through tablet and smartphone applications.

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.