Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

October 2011

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

August 1, 2009 – January 19, 2011


Prescription medications are particularly costly and sometimes simply unaffordable for uninsured individuals, especially during difficult economic climates.

Yet these medications are necessary for all individuals—particularly those with chronic diseases—to manage their medical conditions and avoid costly emergency department care or hospital admissions. The Dispensary of Hope, a nonprofit that collects unused sample medications from physicians’ offices across the United States, was created to directly address this issue. Sample medications are then distributed to clinics and pharmacies that serve low-income and uninsured individuals throughout the United States and abroad. A community planning committee and coalition formed in the Southern Tier region of New York State developed plans for a pharmacy using the Dispensary of Hope’s model.

The committee approached the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) to request start-up funds to continue the formation and implementation of “The Hope Dispensary of the Southern Tier,” which they planned to administer through Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc. in Binghamton, New York.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Provided 1,127 people with 4,210 prescriptions.
  • Implemented a Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) as part of the Dispensary’s operations.
  • Enrolled 579 people in the PAP, and filled 1,163 prescriptions for these individuals.
  • Identified 163 people who qualified for Medicaid, Family Health Plus, or Child Health Plus through a screening process and referred them to the Department of Social Services or to Lourdes Hospital- based enrollers.
  • Referred 499 people to hospital financial assistance programs.
  • Referred 144 people to a range of other assistance programs such as local Food Banks, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability, and Action for Older Persons.
  • Had a full-time Medical Social Worker help educate clients about the importance of having a primary care physician and link 109 people to a primary care provider.