The Wilcox Student Health Center has just implemented a new computer system and service process to “improve efficiency.” The process flowchart and analysis framework is also provided. As pharmacy manager, you are concerned about waiting time and its potential impact on college students who “get no respect.” All prescriptions (Rxs) go through the following process:
Assume that students arrive to drop-off Rxs at a steady rate of two Rxs per minute, with an average of one Rx per student. The average number of students in process (assume waiting and being serviced) at each station is: DROP-OFF—five students, PICK-UP—three students and PAY CASHIER—six students.
The fill Rx station typically has 40 Rxs in process and waiting on average. Because of this perceived long wait, 95 percent of the students decide to come back later for pick-up. They come back an average of three hours later. If the students choose to stay, each name is called as soon as the Rx is filled and the student then enters the pick-up line. Assume that the system is operating at a steady state.
People and information flow with the assumption of 1 Rx per student.
Demand (arrival) or throughput rate = 2 Rxs/minute
a. What is the average time a student spends in the pharmacy if they stay to pick-up their Rx? You may want to use the worksheet below.
b. How many minutes does the student spend in the pharmacy if he or she picks-up the Rx 3 hours later (i.e., the student goes home after dropping the Rx off)?
c. What is the average time in minutes that all students spend in the pharmacy?
d. What is the average time in minutes that the Rx spends in the process? Count time from entering the drop-off line to completing payment.

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