For local residents gripped with poverty, the cost of potentially life-saving medicine can be a cost they cannot afford.

Dispensary of Hope is here to help.

A grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for a community pharmacy that’s operating in partnership with Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital.

The goal is to make vital medications more affordable and accessible to those in need. The Dispensary of Hope pharmacy will be for low-income and uninsured residents to provide no-cost, or low-cost, prescription drugs.

“We hope this pharmacy changes the whole landscape of our community’s healthcare,” said River Park CEO Dale Humphrey. “We never want people to make the decision of whether to pay their rent, their light bill, or pay for their prescription medicine.”

Dispensary of Hope is a charitable medication distributor which got its start in Murfreesboro around 15 years ago. It has grown to more than 300 pharmacies in 40 states. This is the fifth location where Ascension Saint Thomas has partnered with Dispensary of Hope.

“This is a community pharmacy which has distributed tens of millions of doses in medicine,” said Greg Pope, Ascension Saint Thomas chief mission integration officer. “There is no reason for anyone in the U.S. to die due

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