DANVILLE, Ky. (July 5, 2013) — Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville is one of five hospitals in the nation to be recognized by the American Hospital Association for providing healing care to those least able to obtain medical care.
The NOVA Award recognizes the collaborative efforts that have made the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy a symbol for health care providers and communities seeking to fill the gaps between those who have access to medical care and those who do not.
The Hope Clinic and Pharmacy story is best told through the numbers of patients served and their medical outcomes. In just six years of service, the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy has provided care to 1,241 patients during 4,287 clinic visits, and filled more than 25,000 prescriptions. Many of the patients of the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy are suffering serious medical issues based upon years of neglected health care and lifestyle decisions. The outcomes experienced by these patients supports the value of the clinic and why it has become a national symbol for health care.
♦ 66 percent of clients decreased their cholesterol level
♦ 57 percent of clients decreased their blood pressure
♦ 48 percent of clients reduced their diabetes risk through a lower A1C
♦ 97 percent of clients would recommend the clinic
Ephraim McDowell Health president and CEO, Vicki A. Darnell, is acutely aware of the importance of the care delivered by the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy.
“It just resonates true, the very significant impact the Hope Clinic has on these folks. I’m really convinced, without this program, many of these people would not be alive right now,” she said.
Despite the charitable collaboration between Ephraim McDowell Health, Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, The Salvation Army, Heart of Kentucky United Way, Presbyterian Church of Danville and the Boyle County Health Department, in supporting the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy, patients are not treated as charity cases according to Audrey Powell, R.N., executive director of Community Services.
“They are treated with dignity,” Powell said. “The Hope Clinic really stands out to them as a place where they are listened to and treated with respect.”