Dispensary of Hope and Nashville General Hospital to Expand Prescription Medications Coverage to Nashville Residents in Ne

Partnership Allows Patients Access to More Than 2,000 Covered Medications

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Dispensary of Hope and Nashville General Hospital are pleased to announce that as of today, the Dispensary’s Continued Access Program, which provides uninsured patients with long-term pharmaceutical access, will be offered at Nashville General Hospital.

“By offering this program, Nashville General is able to improve the quality of care for our patients,” said Jason Boyd, chief executive officer of Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority. “Obtaining prescriptions is a barrier for many patients, and this program will ensure access to their medications. Additionally, we hope to see a decrease in the number of patients presenting to the emergency room with progressed illnesses due to an inability to afford necessary prescription drugs.”

This new partnership supports Mayor Karl Dean’s February 2010 Poverty Reduction Initiative Plan, which aims to reduce poverty by 50 percent over the next 10 years. Nashville General Hospital and the Dispensary of Hope are a specific part of that plan, charged with the goal of increasing access to affordable medication. The Continued Access Program perfectly answers that call, giving patients who struggle to pay for multiple prescriptions month over month a more affordable option.

The Continued Access Program provides access to more than 2,000 medications to treat a variety of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and neurological disorders. The program offers an end-to-end solution by centralizing enrollment and coordinating fulfillment, while also providing on-going support year round.

“We are committed to providing support to hospitals that serve on the front lines of healthcare for vulnerable populations,” says Scott Cornwell, chief operating officer of the Dispensary of Hope. “Offering this program to Nashville General Hospital patients is part of that commitment and is at the core of our mission.”

Patients can enroll in the Continued Access Program at Nashville General Hospital by calling or visiting the Nashville General Hospital Social Services Department at 615.341.4125.

About the Dispensary of Hope

Founded in 2003, the Dispensary of Hope is a not-for-profit social venture that provides sustainable access to medicine for underinsured communities through a growing network of dispensing sites across the country. For more information, visit www.dispensaryofhope.org.



CONTACT:

Dispensary of Hope
Lauren Fulton, 615-254-0575
or
Nashville General Hospital
Cathy Everett, 615-341-4082

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