Date Posted: Apr 6, 2014
By Denise Sautters CantonRep.com staff writer
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?
Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County (PAN) provides the most vulnerable individuals with prescriptions and education. The agency collaborates with other health care providers and community organizations to maximize resources and provide effective and efficient services.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County (PAN) is a non-profit agency that was opened November 18, 2002, through initiative grants from the Austin Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation and the Sisters of Charity Foundation. In December of 2009, the the agency opened the second charitable Pharmacy in Ohio. Since opening, the PAN Charitable Pharmacy has filled more than 85,000 prescriptions that have a value of more than $7 million.
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Pharmacy and PAN collaborate to provide a pharmacy practice site. The students are learning and practicing pharmacy skills, gaining an understanding of indigent care while providing extensive education, Medication Therapy Management and pharmaceutical services to the clients.
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP?
Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County needs volunteer pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to sort donated medications and to assist the PAN team in providing pharmaceutical services to clients.
WHAT DO YOU NEED MOST?
Donations. A gift of $25 will provide two medications to a resident of Stark County; $120 will provide testing strips and other diabetic supplies to one individual for a full year.
WHO Prescription Assistance Network of Stark County
WHAT PAN serves individuals who have incomes of 250 percent or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines and are uninsured.
BOARD MEMBERS Paul Witkowski, director of pharmacy, Alliance Community Hospital, immediate past president; Eileen Good, Aultman Health Foundation vice president, Community Relations; president; John Feucht, Mercy Medical Center director of Pharmacy, first vice president; Dennis Haas, Timken Co. general manager — Steel, second vice president; Melanie Strang, Timken Co. senior programmer/analyst, secretary; Steve Burger, controller, Employers Health Purchasing Corp., treasurer; Jacqueline Bollas Caldwell, attorney, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty Co.; Janet Creighton, Stark County Commissioner; Latoya Dickens, director of the Coumadin Clinic, Aultman Health Foundation; Marva Dodson, retired Massillon City Schools Health Coordinator; Marvin Ferguson, registered pharmacist, Rite Aid Pharmacy; Richard Kress, retired, Huntington National Bank; Judith Barnes Lancaster, attorney; Jeff LeBeau, account executive, WRL Advertising; Jacqueline Manser, director of Campus and Community Programs, Walsh University; Geraldine Radcliffe, registered nurse, retired North Canton Medical Foundation, Sisters of Charity Board; and Dr. John Schuster, retired North Canton Medical Foundation
DONATIONS Donations may be sent to the Prescription Assistance Network at 408 Ninth St SW, Suite 1450, Canton, OH 44707 or online at www.beaconpharmacy.org.
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