Ascension St. Vincent has been dedicated to improving the health of Indiana communities it has been privileged to serve for more than 140 years, with health systems serving in central and southern Indiana. Its associates and physicians provide a broad range of medical expertise and services, including cardiovascular, cancer care, orthopedics, neuroscience, women’s health, pediatric services through Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent, bariatrics, primary care, Level I trauma emergency care, long-term acute care, primary care services, and more. Combined with exceptional medical expertise, its true legacy lies in the compassionate care given each day and a commitment to put patients and their well-being first. In addition to improving the health of the communities it serves, Ascension St. Vincent provided more than $281.7 million in community benefit and care for persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2021.
Ascension St. Vincent covered entities experienced $29.7 million in savings from the 340B program in FY2021.
Without the 340B program, the system’s Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center would not be able to provide its patients the prescription medications they need at a cost they can afford.
In addition to covering the cost of medications, the center’s 340B benefits fund:
- Clinical pharmacists who educate medical residents and serve patients through disease-specific education, medication therapy management and anticoagulation services.
- Clinical pharmacists who help manage patients’ care through collaborative drug therapy management protocols, helping physicians manage a greater workload, while providing excellent care to patients.
- Education for pharmacists-in-training on providing the best care to those who are poor and vulnerable, including the creation of a community-based pharmacy residency to train two providers each year to better serve patients in the community.
Programs enabled by 340B benefits:
- Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center: serves more than 58,000 patients and fills more than 35,000 prescriptions; 94 percent of patients served were uninsured, underinsured or eligible for public assistance programs. Patients are charged on a sliding scale and most of those served pay only 20 percent of the 340B discounted price.
- Charitable pharmacies: operates two Dispensary of Hope locations serving uninsured populations with free medication across the state.
- Community-based pharmacy residency program: trains two pharmacy residencies each year to better serve patients in the community.
- Medical Mission at Home: historically held at least annually at multiple locations across the state, the event provides free medical, vision and dental services to those in need.