Church Health has finalized a partnership with Good Shepherd Health to provide medication to the organization’s patients.
Memphis-based Good Shepherd Health is a licensed mail order pharmacy that doesn’t mark up medications or add dispensing fees through its membership model.
Church Health’s patients are already using Good Shepherd as a non-profit pharmacy. That relationship is expected to grow when the organization completes its move into Crosstown Concourse in early 2017.
“From our very inception the goal was always to partner with the Church Health. I’ve admired the Church Health for years, not only for the amazing work they do but also for the fact they do it without accepting funding from the government,” said Dr. Philip Baker, founder of Good Shepherd Health. “We wanted to come alongside them and add value to the work they were already doing, so we structured our charity pharmacy in such a way that anyone who qualifies for care at Church Health also qualifies for pharmacy services from us."
Good Shepherd is adding staff to accommodate the new patients it will receive from Church Health through the partnership. The company’s membership model allows patients to either receive medications at cost with no additional markups or for free, depending on income level. Members save between 60 percent to 90 percent every month. Membership plan costs range between $30 per month for an individual to $50 per month for a family. A portion of these plans goes toward sponsoring a low income member that cannot afford membership fees.
“The potential for Good Shepherd to help people who are uninsured is enormous. We’ve already begun a strong relationship with them, and we’re eager to build on this foundation” said Scott Morris, CEO of Church Health. “We hope they are the first of many partners, because the need in our community is great.”