benefitting underserved patients in the community
MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DirectRelief–Last year, Miami
Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) received free medicines and
supplies from Direct
Relief with a wholesale value exceeding $700K. This generous
contribution provided much needed assistance to low-income and uninsured
patients. “Direct Relief’s assistance is literally life-saving for many
of our patients and cannot be measured simply in dollars,” said Trudy
Pacheco, MBCHC’s Director of Grants and Project Development.
Direct Relief supports MBCHC’s mission of providing high quality,
affordable health care to medically underserved residents. Last year,
MBCHC provided services to 42,059 unduplicated patients, a 17.5%
increase over the previous year. MBCHC’s partnership with Direct Relief
helps to remove barriers to care by making available, at no cost to the
patient, much need medication they would not otherwise be able to afford.
Direct Relief is the only nonprofit recognized by the National
Association of Boards of Pharmacy as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale
Distributor. In 2016, Direct Relief experienced its largest year of
support, distributing over $137 million worth of medicines and supplies
to 1,302 nonprofit healthcare facilities across the U.S. It is estimated
that these providers operate more than 4,000 clinical delivery sites and
care for more than 21 million patients nationwide. Since 2005, Direct
Relief has distributed over $691 million in support to its large network
of healthcare providers. MBCHC looks forward to its continued
partnership with Direct Relief in improving the health and care of
medically underserved residents in the community.
About Miami Beach Community Health Center: Since 1977, Miami
Beach Community Health Center has been dedicated to helping the
uninsured and underinsured in South Florida obtain affordable, quality
medical care. MBCHC is the only full-service ambulatory care health
center in Miami Beach offering patients a sliding fee schedule. Visit www.mbchc.org
for more information.
About Direct Relief: Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid
organization, active in all 50 states and 70 countries, with a mission
to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or
emergencies. Founded in 1948, Direct Relief’s pharmaceutical assistance
programs focus on maternal and child health, the prevention and
treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response. Visit www.directrelief.org
for more information.
Miami Beach Community Health Center
Trudy Pacheco, 305-538-8835,