FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2011

Contact:  Michael Rubin
(202) 898-0995

 
Fair Haven Community Health Center to Offer Low Cost
Medications through Federal 340B Program

Community Health Provider Celebrates 40th Anniversary
with Major New Initiative to Help Families in Need

 
Bensalem, PA and Fair Haven, CTFair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) and healthcare technology company SUNRx announced a new partnership to provide patients with discount medications through the federal 340B program.
 
“This year, we are celebrating our 40th year serving the Fair Haven community,” said Katrina Clark, CEO of Fair Haven Community Health Center.  “We are proud to mark this occasion by announcing a new drug discount program – an initiative that may make the biggest difference yet in healthcare for local families.”
 
Prior to FHCHC, many elderly, low income and migrant patients in the eastern part of the county had limited access to affordable health care.  Many families had to take several bus routes to see a doctor, missing work and school.  To address this lack of access, in 1971 Fair Haven Community Health Center began serving patients out of an elementary school two nights a week.
 
Today, FHCHC consists of a main health center site, 5 school based clinics, and a facility in the Bella Vista Elderly Housing Complex.  Fair Haven doctors, nurses and staff provide care for 14,000 patients at 60,000 office visits and deliver more then 130 babies annually.
 
Nearly half of Fair Haven patients either have limited health insurance, or no coverage at all.  Many suffer from diabetes and other chronic diseases that require expensive maintenance medications to prevent debilitating or life threatening complications.  Fair Haven’s new 340B program will help these patients afford their medications, manage their illness and lead healthy, productive lives.
 
Fair Haven patients are not unlike those nationwide who struggle to afford medications.  According to a recent study by the Kaiser Foundation, more than a quarter of Americans said they have not filled a prescription because of the expense.  Nearly one in five said they cut pills in half or skipped doses in an attempt to save money. 
 
Created to expand access to affordable medications for low income and underserved populations, the 340B Program provides medications discounted 60% below retail prices through qualified community health organizations.  Despite the need, many community health centers have limited 340B programs – or none at all – due to the program’s complexity.  SUNRx’s technology helps health centers manage 340B programs and provide more effective patient care.
 
“Many of the babies we deliver today are third or fourth generation patients of our health center,” said Clark.  “We’re pleased to be able to expand access to affordable medications, continue to improve care and help these children lead happy, healthy lives.”
 
“Katrina Clark, her team, and pharmacy partners are an inspiration to those of us who are working to improve community healthcare,” said Tim Liebmann, CEO of SUNRx.  “We are honored to help them reduce the cost of medications in southern Connecticut.”
 
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About SUNRx
 
SUNRx provides automated solutions that enable healthcare safety net organizations to implement and manage drug discount programs, save money, generate revenue, and expand access to affordable medications.  Based in Bensalem, PA, SUNRx is an independent company, dedicated exclusively to community health organizations and their patients.  For more information, please contact SUNRx at 800-220-340B, or visit https://sunrx.com.
 
About Fair Haven Community Health Center
 
The Fair Haven Community Health Center is a not-for-profit primary health care organization that has been dedicated to serving the greater Fair Haven Community since 1971.  We provide comprehensive health care – from prenatal to pediatric, adolescent to adult and geriatric.  Our mission is to provide excellent, accessible health care to the residents of our community, regardless of their ability to pay.  For more information, visit fhchc.org, or call 203-777-7411. 
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