340B Impact at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
As a safety net hospital, Good Shepherd Hospital provides health care for individuals regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Safety net hospitals serve a higher number of uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), low-income, and other vulnerable populations than their non-safety net hospital counterparts. Good Shepherd Hospital is also a critical access hospital, a federal designation created to help reduce the financial vulnerability of small rural hospitals located more than 35 miles from another hospital.
In FY2018, Good Shepherd Hospital realized $120,000 in savings through the 340B prescription drug program, which was primarily used to provide financial assistance, offset costs of community outreach programs, and expand services to improve patient care.
Good Shepherd Hospital is committed to providing medically necessary care by offering financial assistance for co-pays, deductibles, or medical services for low-income individuals who qualify, which totaled $358,000 in FY2018. The hospital provided community benefit health improvement services for the broader community totaling $21,000 in FY2018. Services included: free community health outreach, free health fairs and screenings, and community gardens to provide food-insecure persons with fresh produce.