President Barack Obama speaks about winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A Grand Junction VA Medical Center employee has been named one of four finalists in the Presidents Save Program.
The program gives federal employees the opportunity to suggest ideas on ways to save the government money. Nancy Fichtner is an employee in the fiscal department but worked in the pharmacy for five years at the VA Medical center.
From her years in the pharmacy she came up with an idea on how to save money by labeling outpatient medications.
“Labeling just opens up new doors for us and saves us millions of dollars,” says Fichtner.
Normally, when someone is an outpatient, inhalers and things like topical creams are discarded when that patient leaves the hospital. But Fitcher says that waste can be prevented and she has suggested labeling those meds with a second barcode that will have the patients medical information on it. This way the prescriptions can follow the patient home, instead of finding their way into the trash can.
To vote for Nancy Fitchner, click the link below before Thursday night.