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

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.   

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dr. George Forcier
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
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
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $137,500.00
Projected Expenses $136,320.00
Impact Statement

The past year has been a year of growth.  Good Samaritan Pharmacy (GSPHS) opened a free walk-in medial clinic in 2015.  This free walk-in clinic augmented our services which already included obtaining free prescription and over the counter medication for uninsured members of our community.  Free medication is either dispensed by pharmacists from our licensed pharmacy or obtained by patient advocates on behalf of patients from pharmaceutical manufacturers' patient assistance programs.  Our free walk-in medial clinic is open one evening a week.  Our dispensing pharmacy is open during the day on Tuesday and during the walk-in clinic hours on Wednesday evening.  The advantages of having the pharmacy open during clinic hours  is that patients who are prescribed medication by the physician have immediate free access to their medication so as to begin their therapy immediately.  This is particularly important to patients with acute medical needs.  

A second patient exam room has been constructed so as to allow us to treat more patients during our limited hours of operation.  In surveys conducted of patients visiting our clinic, more than 3/4 of our patients indicated they would have visited local hospital emergency rooms or not have sought treatment at all if not for our services..
GSPHS clinic has treated both chronic and acute health conditions.  An area of particular interest is the treatment we have provided to Hepatitis C patients.  This is a life threatening condition that can lead to liver failure.  Recent advance in drug development have led to high cure rates.  However, treatment cost can exceed $200,000 due to cost of mediation and diagnostic testing. All of this is provided to our patients at no cost.
 
 The number of prescriptions dispensed by our pharmacy and medication obtained for patients by our patient advocates has more than doubled during the past year as we continues to serve more qualified patients in our area.  Our goal is to reach more qualified patients.
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.
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 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
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

We offer 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, these feeling of being a contributor solvin of 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.   

 
- George Forcier, Board President Good Samaritan Pharmacy
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 mediation 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 mediation, 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. $1,500 worth of medial 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. 
 
 
Programs
Description

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 an operations manager 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 $90,000
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 drugs 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 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 and 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
Comments
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 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 Gulfcoast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and United Way, we are gaining greater exposure to the community. We have 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.

A fourth challenge is the creation of a free medical walk-in clinic at our facility. The funding for the physical modification of our facility is being sought through a combination of private contributions, a grant from the Venice Yacht Club, and a pending grant from a local foundation. The professional staffing of this clinic during the early stages of operation will require extensive recruitment of trained volunteer personnel.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email admin@goodsamrx.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
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
Collaborations
Current community collaborations:
 
1) Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine  (LECOM) School of Pharmacy
2) Pfizer Connection for Care
3) Face Up Ministries
4) All Faiths Food Bank
5) Americares
6) United Way
7) Laurel Civic Center
8) Englewood Community Care Clinic
9) Center of Hope
10) Salvation Army
11) Senior Friendship Center
12) Project C.U.R.E.
13) Sarasota Memorial Community Medical Clinic
14) Sarasota County Health Dept. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
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 sgaf6522@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Marcus W Campbell LECOM
Dr. George Forcier 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 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
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
Comments
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
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
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
Solvency
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.

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

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.