New Store Brings Health, Hope To The West Side
St. Vincent de Paul Opens New Charitable Pharmacy and Thrift Store
In order to better serve those in need, St. Vincent de Paul has relocated and expanded its Thrift Store and Donation Center in the Western Hills area. The 36,000 square foot space, located at 3015 Glenhills Way, now includes a Charitable Pharmacy. This unique, unprecedented expansion of charitable pharmacy services inside a thrift store will increase access to life-saving medications and serve as a model for future service providers.
“This new location will improve prescription access to uninsured and underinsured residents, reduce the transportation barrier for current patients and allow us to reach new patients as well,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul. “The concept of bringing our services to our clients is nothing new. It’s what we do every day with our home visits. This is our busiest store, so it only makes sense to take advantage of that and make it easier for people in the community to get the help they need.”
The St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy is the only pharmacy in southwest Ohio dedicated to the unique mission of providing free pharmaceutical care to people in need who have no other way to afford their medication. Along with free prescription medications for chronic and acute conditions, the Charitable Pharmacy provides a comprehensive medication review, health education, and health screening every six months for each patient. In addition, the Charitable Pharmacy provides influenza and pneumococcal immunizations as well as diabetes self-management education. In 2015, the Charitable Pharmacy filled 39,464 prescriptions valued at $4.98 million. Since its inception in 2006, the Pharmacy has filled 285,600 prescriptions, valued at nearly $17.5 million.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Stores and Donation Centers operate not only as the social enterprise arm of the agency, but also serve as a critical resource for the poor in Greater Cincinnati. Last year, more than $800,000 in clothing, furniture and household goods were distributed through St. Vincent de Paul’s voucher program. “Everyone is welcome to shop at our stores,” said Dunn. “But for those who are going through tough times and cannot afford to provide basic essentials, our stores are there to help.”
St. Vincent de Paul celebrated the opening of the new location with a blessing of the store by Fr. Terry Hamilton from St. Martin of Tours Parish.
Those interested in utilizing the Charitable Pharmacy must make an appointment by calling 513-347-0743. The Western Hills Pharmacy is open every Tuesday and Friday from 10a.m.-4 p.m.
The Western Hills Thrift Store and Donation Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.