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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: www.dispensaryofhope.org. The goal: 100% Hope, 0% Waste.