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Pharmacy to open inside Forest Community Health Center

LANSING, Mich. – A new pharmacy is opening inside the Forest Community Health Center. It is the first pharmacy to be affiliated with the health department and will be open to the public.

Forest Community Pharmacy, located at 2316 S. Cedar Street in Lansing, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. on September 20.  The media is invited to attend.

“An on-site pharmacy will be a tremendous benefit for our patients at Forest Community Health Center,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “Many rely upon public transportation and being able to see a health care provider and pick up medication at one location will save them both time and money.”

As part of a federally qualified health center, the pharmacy will purchase prescription drugs at a reduced cost and pass cost savings along to patients. The pharmacy will also be able to communicate internally with Ingham Community Health Center providers, improving the coordination of care.

The pharmacy will be operated by Cardinal Health. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ingham Community Health Centers provided access to medical, behavioral and dental services to over 23,000 low-income and medically underserved members of the community in 2016. Services are provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Ingham Community Health Centers are funded in part through the federal Health Center Program, which is authorized in Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. Without action by congress by September 30, 2017, health centers will face a 70 percent cut in funding, which would result in an estimated 1,900 patients loosing access to care locally.