First Dispensary of Hope Site in State
BRIDGEPORT, CT, January 2, 2011— The Primary Care Action Group (PCAG), a collaboration of area health service organizations, is partnering with the Dispensary of Hope, a growing national network of clinics and pharmacies, to provide prescription medications at no cost to uninsured and low-income patients in Bridgeport. The new dispensing site, which will be called the Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport, will be located at 752 East Main Street (Suite # 170) in Bridgeport. The opening will be sometime in January 2011 (a later communication will announce the opening). It is the first Dispensary of Hope site in Connecticut.
Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic healthcare system, and the parent organization for St. Vincent’s Medical Center, a PCAG member, has given a $160,000 grant to the project.
“A partnership with the Dispensary of Hope perfectly fits in with our mission of serving the poor and underserved,” said St. Vincent’s President/CEO Susan L. Davis, RN, EdD. “This will enhance our ability to provide quality, affordable care to the community, and offer our patients another resource to help them stay healthy.”
“We are pleased to be a partner in the Dispensary of Hope,” said Bridgeport Hospital President & CEO William M. Jennings. “Providing community benefits that respond to the health care needs of residents is a vital part of our mission as a not-for-profit organization.”
The City of Bridgeport and State of Connecticut are donating the space, which is located in the building that currently houses the Department of Health. A licensed pharmacist will staff the site aided by an AmeriCorps intern, while the Greater Bridgeport Medical Association will coordinate the outreach to doctors to encourage them to donate their unused drug samples and products.
“The City of Bridgeport is proud to be a partner in this venture, which will assist our neediest residents to gain access to prescription medications they need, but which they cannot afford,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “We are happy to deepen the partnership with our two city hospitals in providing this service to our community.”
Members of PCAG contributing to the project are St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, Optimus Health Care, Southwest Community Health Center, City of Bridgeport Department of Health, AmeriCares, CT Department of Social Services, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Greater Bridgeport Medical Association, Southwestern Area Health Education Center and Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition. PCAG focuses on education and advocacy to ensure that every person has access to affordable health insurance coverage.
The Nashville-based Dispensary of Care is a national network of dispensing sites, sourcing partners and financial partners that assist financially needy and underserved individuals in getting the medications they need for short- and long-term care. Dispensing sites operate in a variety of locations including community clinics and pharmacies for the indigent, hospital outpatient pharmacies and county health departments. Through innovative stewardship of the pharmaceutical supply-chain, the Dispensary of Hope has built a distribution center and pharmacy to support a network of dispensing sites for direct-to-patient prescriptions.
“Everyone should have access to medications regardless of their ability to pay,” said Jason Dinger, chief executive officer of the Dispensary of Hope. “We are proud to partner with PCAG on this project that will help so many in the community it serves.”
The Dispensary of Hope’s sourcing strategy is directed at attaining medicines to treat the top five chronic diseases which fall under the categories of cardiac, pulmonary, diabetes and mental health. Its formulary consists of 1700 different drugs, but will stock no controlled drugs.
To qualify for prescription assistance, an individual must have no prescription coverage, and have a limited income (at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or less). Individuals must provide a photo ID or social security card, proof of income and the prescription.
The Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport will need continual support from local physicians who can donate excess, unexpired medications. Please visit www.dispensaryofhope.org and click “Donate Meds” if you are able to contribute.
The Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport will be open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am - 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 pm - 1 pm). The office may be reached at 203-332-5653.
About the Dispensary of Hope
Founded in 2003, the Dispensary of Hope is a leading provider of pharmaceuticals to uninsured patients through a growing network of dispensing sites across the country sustained by local partnerships. The Dispensary has collected and distributed tens of millions of dollars worth of pharmaceuticals and filled more than 200,000 prescriptions for patients who otherwise couldn’t afford them. For more information, visit the Dispensary of Hope national website: www.dispensaryofhope.org
Hours: Mon, Tues, & Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm
(closed for lunch 12:30 pm - 1 pm)
Location: 752 E. Main St. #170, Bridgeport CT 06608
(City of Bridgeport, Department of Health Bldg)