Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services
2502 North Tamiami Trail
Nokomis FL 34275

Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc. provides free medication and medical services to uninsured financially needy members of our community so as to positively affect their quality of life.   

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dr. George Forcier
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services
Former Names
Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Feb 2019
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $137,500.00
Projected Expenses $136,320.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc. provides health care and pharmaceutical services to financially needy uninsured members of our community at NO COST to those who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  We provide:

1.  Access to physician care and diagnostic testing.
2.  Medication from our licensed pharmacy.  Medication includes generic and brand name medications, as well as over the counter products.
3.  Patient advocacy services to assist qualifying patients enroll in free patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical manufacturers. 
   *  Patient advocates have been responsible for nearly 3.5 million dollars worth of prescription medication through the manufacturers' patient assistance programs.  The average value of prescription medication provided in prior years has been slightly over 1 million dollars.
   * Our pharmacy dispensed 3,286 prescriptions in 2016.  This number is approximately double what was dispensed two years ago and significantly greater than dispensed in 2015.
   *  In our walk-in medical clinic we treated 118 more patients in 2016 compared to 2015.  Many of these patients would not have had medical care without our services.
   *  Thanks to the fact that we are primarily a volunteer organization, we leveraged our finances so that for every $100 in expenses we provide over $4,000 worth of medical services to our patients.  The average ratio of services provided to expenses in previous years has been $15 to $1 or less. 
Needs Statement

1. Healthcare Practitioners – With the goal of an interdisciplinary healthcare clinic, we are in need of licensed healthcare practitioners willing to give in-kind time to help improve healthcare in our community.  Physicians, nurses and pharmacists are needed.

2. Volunteers – We are nearly entirely volunteer staffed and need individuals that can contribute to this mission.  Non-healthcare professionals are also needed for many tasks involved in providing services to our patients..

3. Additional access to medication for our dispensing pharmacy is needed.  Either through additional funding or through donations from pharmaceutical companies  and doctors offices.  Current funds are sufficient for purchasing the less expensive generic medications needed.  However, with the operation of the walk-in clinic additional funds are needed for expensive drugs like insulin and aerosols.

4. Operating funds – All our expenses are directly related to program cost.  All our medical professionals are volunteers.  However, other costs such as rent, licensing, software rental are essential in order to provide this healthcare program for our community.
5. Replacement  RX30 Computer System Software and Hardware utilized by our dispensing pharmacy to comply with secure dispensing of medication. 
Background Statement

Good Samaritan Pharmacy and Health Services (GSPHS) was founded in 2008 under the name Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County. It has operated a not-for-profit pharmacy that has filled more than 3000 prescriptions and provided countless non-prescription medicines and medical supplies for the uninsured, underinsured and working poor residents of Sarasota County. The service afforded by the pharmacy’s patient advocates has facilitated the no-cost acquisition of thousands of additional prescriptions for our patients through pharmaceutical patient assistance programs. GSPHS recently entered an affiliation agreement with Americares and received approval for Pfizer’s Bulk Replenishment Program. Both milestones vastly expand the number of pharmaceutical products offered. 

In early 2010, GSPHS formed a collaborative partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy. Since that time, LECOM has provided a faculty member to serve as "Pharmacy Manager" and additional faculty to staff the dispensing pharmacy. LECOM utilizes GSPHS as an advance pharmacy practice experience site where Doctor of Pharmacy students in their final year gain valuable hands-on-work experience and patient interaction.

The name change to GSPHS occurred in November 2012 in conjunction with a physical relocation to a facility that offered approximately 3 times the square footage of the previous location. The Board of Directors have positioned for the organization’s expansion into interdisciplinary clinical services and the fulfillment of the mission to provide free, high-quality, evidence based, primary healthcare and free access to medicine for the uninsured, underinsured, and working poor so that their quality of life is improved.

Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc. offers our services to Sarasota County, Fl residents.  Our offices and pharmacy are located in Nokomis, which serves most of our clients.  In addition to our Nokomis location, we also provide outreach programs at the North Sarasota County Library on North Newtown Blvd. 


Service Categories
Primary Org Type Health Care
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Upon retirement after over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, I intended to do some volunteer work, and I had two goals:

1)     To contribute to society at the local level

2)     To work with people who are honest, pleasant to work with, and dedicated to the same cause.

When I first retired in New England I averaged over 25 hours a week volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the local soup kitchen. In the mid nineties, I became a “snow bird” and settled in Sarasota County. When I first arrived, Hurricane Charlie had hit Arcadia and caused much devastation. As a consequence, I headed our church outreach program to assist migrant workers in Arcadia with housing and other issues created by the hurricane.  Habitat, the soup kitchen and the Arcadia outreach program satisfied my two volunteering goals. As time passed, my time involvement in Arcadia decreased and I started looking for other volunteering opportunities.

 In 2008, I discovered that the Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County (now Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc, GSPHS) was starting up in Nokomis. The GSPHS' mission to assist local patients in gaining access to needed medication that they would otherwise never be able to afford, not only fit my two predetermined goals, but was also aligned with my training and professional background.

 I started with GSPHS as a patient advocate working directly, one-on-one with patients who qualified for services. After very few interactions with these patients, I realized that what we did had a critical impact on their lives. A diabetic who can’t afford insulin, or a person with high blood pressure who can’t afford an antihypertensive, have their lives put in danger unless they find a way to get their medication. This is what we do, and for me it is very rewarding. I also found that my co-volunteers were a pleasure to work with and were equally dedicated to what they were doing in contributing to the vital service GSPHS provides. Since GSPHS has opened its' free walk-in medical clinic, the feeling of being a contributor solving the problems faced by our less fortunate neighbors have been reinforced.  Those patients in need of chronic medication who could not even afford to see a physician go get a prescription can now get our assistance.  Patients with Hepatitis C who had no hope are being given a second chance.  As a volunteer, there is no greater reward than feeling you are making a difference in someone's life.

 GSPHS is not a large organization or even well known. Therefore, fundraising and finding volunteers is challenging as we compete with well know more visible non-profit organizations. An additional challenge is reaching those in need. If you think you can assist us in overcoming these challenges, please contact us or visit us at our Nokomis location.   

Warm regards,
George Forcier, Board President Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

GSPHS operates a not-for-profit non-denominational health care facility for uninsured financially needy members of our community.  The focus of our efforts is to provide free access to both prescription and over-the-counter medication and to a walk-in medical clinic.  Our pharmacy is staffed by volunteer pharmacists from Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and local pharmacists.  Our clinic is staffed by volunteer area physicians and nurses.

Financially needy patients, who have no prescription insurance, can obtain medication from our licensed pharmacy or through pharmaceutical manufacturers free patient assistance programs.  GSPHS pharmacy carries an inventory of commonly prescribed inexpensive generic and brand named medication, all of which are dispensed pursuant to prescriptions at no cost to the qualifying patients.  Patient advocates also interact with pharmaceutical manufacturers on patients behalf to enroll them in the manufacturers' free patient assistance programs.  The combination of the dispensing pharmacy and advocacy program ensures that eligible patients receive no-cost access to medication with minimum delay in time to treatment. 
Since our programs are highly dependent on volunteer workers, our operational expenses are minimized.  GSPHS employs one part time Program Director to coordinate our programs and manage the variety of tasks needed to maintain our tax-exempt status.  Most of our expenses are due to rent, office supplies and charges for utilities.  Over the past year, we have been able to leverage our funds so that we can provide ca. $4,000 worth of medical services to patients for every $100 in expenses.
Our ability to provide these services to needy patients is only possible because of the generosity of many donors and the effort of all our volunteer providers. 

Good Samaritan Pharmacy and Health Services (GSPHS) operates a not-for-profit pharmacy that dispenses free medicine and offers patient advocacy services to aforementioned residents of Sarasota County. The pharmacy is staffed entirely by volunteer licensed pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. It carries an inventory of commonly prescribed brand name and generic medicines, all of which are dispensed pursuant to prescriptions at no cost to patients that complete an application and meet eligibility requirements. The pharmacy also carries an inventory of over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies that are provided to qualifying patients at no charge.  

In addition to the dispensing services, volunteer patient advocates under the supervision of a program director assist patients with identifying and enrolling into programs offered by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The advocates are trained to use web-based computer software to manage and track the complicated initial applications and annual renewal processes for the pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs (PAPs). The support provided by Good Samaritan’s advocates ensures that eligible patients receive no-cost access to their medications with minimized delay in time to treatment.

Budget $137,500
Category Health Care, General/Other Pharmaceuticals
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Short term success is evident when a single patient that was previously unable to afford the chronic medications prescribed to extend or sustain their life, walks out of our pharmacy door with their medications in hand.
Long Term Success
A large number of hospitalization in Sarasota County are secondary to medication non-compliance. Often medication non-compliance is the product of uninsured and underinsured patients that simply cannot afford their prescribed medications.  Long term success of the Good Samaritan Pharmacy will be demonstrated by a decrease in the number of hospitalizations secondary to medication non-compliance created by financial barriers to access of medications.    
Program Success Monitoring
We currently track the value of prescription medications dispensed from our dispensing pharmacy using pharmacy software systems. 
We also track the value of medications acquired through manufacturer's patient assistance programs facilitated by our highly trained patient advocate services using an online web application that links to average wholesale prices of all medications dispensed.
Program Success Examples Good Samaritan Pharmacy operates a not-for-profit pharmacy that has filled more than 3000 prescriptions and provided countless non-prescription medicines and medical supplies for the uninsured, underinsured and working poor residents of Sarasota County. The service afforded by the pharmacy’s patient advocates has facilitated the no-cost acquisition of thousands of additional prescriptions for our patients through pharmaceutical patient assistance programs
Program Comments by Organization

One of the issues we need to address is the large number of eligible patients who are unaware of the existence of the free medication programs that we offer. This issue will be addressed by providing area physicians with user friendly information relative to patient eligibility and commonly prescribed drugs available through our organization. To this end, we have printed patient eligibility cards and a free drug formulary brochure that can be left in doctor’s offices and hospital emergency rooms.

An additional challenge for us is getting our name and purpose out to the community in general. People are unaware of whom and where we are, and what we do. By participating in the programs offered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the United Way, we are gaining greater exposure to the community. We have also recruited a volunteer who is skilled in marketing techniques.

As with any non-profit organization, fund raising represents a significant challenge. Our entire budget consists of grants and contributions. We receive no money from any government agency. Hopefully, increasing our visibility in the community will be more advantageous to us in competing with other better known non-profits in the area.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Luldes Frechette Program Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Current community collaborations:
1. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County 
2. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine  (LECOM) School of Pharmacy
3. Pfizer Connection for Care
4. Baycross Christian Family Foundation 
5. Face Up Ministries
6. All Faiths Food Bank
7. Americares
8. United Way
9. Laurel Civic Center
10. Englewood Community Care Clinic
11. Center of Hope
12. Salvation Army
13. Senior Friendship Center
14. Project C.U.R.E.
15. Sarasota Memorial Community Medical Clinic
16. Sarasota County Health Department
17. Sarasota Memorial Newtown Clinic 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

Because of the services we offer, patients with medical conditions and with no access to medication can rest assured they can maintain their medical care. With help from various individuals or organizations we will be able to continue to provide our current services and expand our services to fulfill currently unmet needs in our community. Since we are mostly a volunteer organization we can leverage our funds so as to obtain $4000 worth of medications for every $100 we spend.

Management Comments by Foundation D&O Insurance: The declaration page does not specifically state Directors & Officers Liability. Item 3 a & b $1,000,000 for all claims other than claims for Employment Practices Wrongful Acts is actually referring to Directors & Officers Liability coverage.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Shredding Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. George Forcier
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Marcus W Campbell LECOM
Dr. George Forcier Retired
Luldes Frechette GSPHS
Dr. Gary Klein Retired
Gail May Retired
Dr. Sheeba Mesghali Gulf Coast Health Management Associates
William Palace Retired
Dr. Katherine Tromp LECOM
Dr. Julie Wilkinson LECOM College of Pharmacy
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 81
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $137,500.00
Projected Expenses $136,320.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$90,744$54,446$64,108
Administration Expense$781$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.341.581.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$345,434$310,961$54,750
Current Assets$73,296$49,243$17,249
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$121$121$0
Total Net Assets$345,313$310,840$54,750
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $76,789Contributions, gifts, grants $86,252Contributions, gifts, grants $68,858
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $45,3040 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities605.75406.97--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Our fiscal year used to be from Oct. 1 & Sept. 30 every year. Last year the board agree to make a change to our fiscal year dates. We spoke to the IRS and changed our fiscal year to coincide with the calendar year, that is why we have 2 tax filings; one for the previous FY 2014 (Oct. 1, 2014 & Sept. 30, 2015) and a short filing FY 2015 (Oct. 1, 2015 & Dec. 31, 2015) to get us on a Jan.- Dec. fiscal year.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and the unaudited compilations.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.The organization changed its accounting period to a calendar year basis, beginning in 2015.
Nonprofit Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services
Address 2502 North Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone 941 445-5687