340B Insight Podcast
Episode Four: How 340B Helped a Rural Hospital Care for COVID-19 Patients
June 15, 2020
In this episode, we speak with Tracy Gilmore, 340B specialist at Labette Health in Parsons, Kansas. Tracy discusses her hospital’s experience responding to COVID-19 in a rural community and highlights the lifesaving impact of 340B on Labette Health and its patients. We also answer our first member question for the podcast. (Transcript)
340B Insight - Tracy Gilmore
In this episode, we speak with Tracy Gilmore, 340B specialist at Labette Health in Parsons, Kansas. Tracy discusses her hospital’s experience responding to COVID-19 in a rural community and highlights the lifesaving impact of 340B on Labette Health and its patients.
A Strong Hospital for the Local Community: Labette County faces numerous challenges, including high poverty rates and childhood hunger. Amid these challenges, Labette Health is a staple of the community providing excellent service for Labette and patients from neighboring counties.
Robust Response and Sacrifices During COVID-19: Labette Health has treated dozens of COVID-19 cases, with some indications at the start of the pandemic that the outbreak could become much more severe. In response, Labette Health obtained extra beds, waived all patient out-of-pocket payments in March, and issued public service announcements on social distancing and hygiene to the local community.
340B Provides Financial Support: Tracy emphasized that 340B funds have been critical in keeping the hospital financially afloat amid the substantial actions taken in response to COVID-19. As the only source of constant income throughout this pandemic, 340B helped Labette Health to staff additional beds and continue providing excellent care to its patients.
Strength of the Community: Hospital administrators, doctors, and nurses made incredible sacrifices for the patients and local community that included taking pay cuts, working through high-stress circumstances, and providing extra services directly to the community. The community has taken note. Local citizens recently participated in a socially distant parade to honor health care workers.
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