AuthorJennifer Murray

Network Announcement – Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island

The Dispensary of Hope, one of the nation’s most innovative programs that supplies no cost surplus medicines to those in need, has recently partnered with Volunteers in Medicine in Hilton Head Island, SC, to provide prescription medication, Chief Executive Officer Christopher Palombo, announced today. The Dispensary of Hope recovers surplus sample medications from physician practices and manufactured overage from pharmaceutical companies around the country, which are then distributed nationwide to charitable clinics, such as the one operated by Volunteers in Medicine, providing uninsured patients with necessary prescription care.

For 20 years, Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island has been providing free health care on Hilton
Head Island. The relentless efforts of founder Dr. Jack McConnell have ensured that everyone in the
community has access to free, compassionate, quality-driven health care. Today, more than 600
volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers and lay volunteers provide more than 30,000
patient visits each year. And, VIM Hilton Head Island serves as the flagship model for 96 free medical
clinics across the country.

When asked about the new partnership, Palombo said, “A relationship like this is vital for us to achieve
our goals, which is to improve the health of the underserved, at the most efficient cost, and the highest
level of quality and access – we therefore need such leading safety net clinics as partners. The folks
at Volunteers in Medicine have been doing great work for 20 years, their model has been replicated
countless times, and we’re proud to be able to serve their team of gifted medical providers with large
volumes of donated medication. ”

Julie Copp, Director of Patient Care for Volunteers in Medicine, said, “When we were approached by the
Dispensary of Hope about becoming their partner, we immediately recognized the value to our neighbors
in need. We’re thrilled to be part of this effort.”

Palombo concluded, “The Dispensary of Hope is growing to serve more of those in need, but we can’t
do it alone. Volunteers in Medicine’s participation in our work is an inspiration to us and to those in
need. With this partnership, we will be able to increase health and access to medication at lower cost.”

Dispensary of Hope, established in 2003, currently serves over 80 communities and 56,000 patients
nationwide. The Dispensary of Hope serves manufacturers, health systems, and physician practices with an efficient and compliant mechanism to donate medication, avoiding costly destruction while supporting our nation’s 8,200 charity clinics. The Dispensary of Hope is a 501(c)3 charity, formed as a national philanthropic service of Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health, a member of Saint Louis-based Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system. For more information, visit: The goal: 100% Hope, 0% Waste.

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Spotlight on Via Christi Health in Wichita, KS

We are pleased to share with you an article featuring one of the Dispensary of Hope’s Access Sites, Via Christi Health in Wichita, KS. The following article was recently published in The Wichita Eagle. Through their outpatient pharmacy, Via Christi Health is utilizing their relationship with The Dispensary of Hope to further their efforts to reduce patient relapses and hospital readmissions, following discharge from the hospital.

Join us as we applaud the efforts of Via Christi Health, as well as the rest of the clinics and pharmacies participating in our network of HOPE! Read more about their initiative here:

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Dispensary of Hope Survey

As your charitable, non-profit distributor, we are always in pursuit of continuing excellent service to you. We understand that you’ve got busy schedules and patients to see, but we’re hoping that you could spare two minutes for us to complete this brief survey. Your answers will allow us to update our records and let us know how we are doing.

You may access the survey through this link:

Thank you for selecting us as your partner in the distribution of medications to your uninsured patients. We appreciate your time, and the valuable service you provide as a member of our network of hope!

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Short-dated Medications – March

We’ve received another one-time donation of short-dated medications (see below). These are now available for order on the Donated Meds tab in eHope. Remember: these items are first come, first served – so place your orders today. Be sure to pay close attention to the UOM/Packaging and expiration dates when typing in your quantities, as some of these meds are listed in bulk packaging.

Drug Strength UOM/Pkg Expiration
Fenofibrate (Micro) 134 mg 500 Caps 8/31/2014
Lansoprazole DR 15 mg 30 Caps 8/31/2014
Lansoprazole DR 30 mg 30 Caps 8/31/2014
Spironolactone 50 mg 100 Tabs 8/31/2014

As alway, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Happy Ordering!

Jennifer Murray and Whitney Coleman l Account Managers
Dispensary of Hope l
P.O. Box 281496
Nashville, Tennessee 37228

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