St. Vincent De Paul Receives Gift From Bb&T To Support Western Hills Charitable Pharmacy

St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati accepted a $50,000 gift from BB&T in support of the Western Hills Charitable Pharmacy. St. Vincent de Paul operates the only charitable pharmacies in Southwest Ohio providing free professional pharmaceutical care to those who would otherwise not be able to afford their medication.

BB&T’s gift will help allow St. Vincent de Paul’s second Charitable Pharmacy location to open on Saturday afternoons and expand access to working families in western Hamilton County. Since opening in February 2016, prescription volume at the pharmacy located inside St. Vincent de Paul’s Western Hills Thrift Store and Donation Center has continued to increase. In November, the Western Hills location accounted for 22% of all prescriptions filled by the Charitable Pharmacy.

“BB&T’s support plays a vital role in the expansion of our pharmacy and its ability to provide important pharmaceutical care to a record number of neighbors in need,” said Mike Dunn, executive director, St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati.

Andy Hawking, BB&T market president for Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and other members of Leadership Cincinnati Class 27 helped change Ohio state law in 2005 to allow the Charitable Pharmacy to open. “I’m proud to have helped start the Charitable Pharmacy and to continue to support the growth of this critical safety net for families in Southwest Ohio,” said Hawking.

During 2016, the tenth full year of operation, the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy filled more than 48,000 prescriptions valued at $6.6 million for neighbors in need throughout Greater Cincinnati.

“Giving back to Cincinnati is important to all of us at BB&T,” said Brian Brockhoff, BB&T senior vice president regional corporate banking. “Helping St. Vincent de Paul’s Charitable Pharmacy provides thousands in the Tri-State with lifesaving medicine.”