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Providing Rides, Providing Health

Provide the Ride

The “Provide the Ride” transportation program was created in 2005 by the Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation (PHNCF) to provide free transportation to Primary Health Network (PHN) patients with no means of transportation to and from healthcare appointments. Currently, the program serves Beaver, Clarion, Lawrence, and Mercer counties and also provides transportation to referral appointments and limited out of town appointments for PHN patients. Provide the Ride reinforces PHN’s emphasis on continuity of care by encouraging patients to attend important follow-up appointments. The program also transports patients to PHN-contracted pharmacies, ensuring compliance with prescribed medications.

In 2014, Provide the Ride completed more than 16,000 transports to patients who would have otherwise been forced to forego receiving healthcare services. Since its inception, Provide the Ride has undergone continual growth. Having this program reduces health disparities in our service areas, since those utilizing the program represent a population with limited access to healthcare services.

Provide the Ride has been well-received, with one patient stating, “Without the PHNCF transportation services, I would not be able to make it to my scheduled appointments and be successful in keeping my diabetes under control.” Another patient comments that “without the transportation program, I wouldn’t be able to go to therapy. It’s bringing me closer to where I want to be. I’ve become friends with the drivers and when you have your bad days and good days, they encourage you.”

The Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation is committed to helping patients make it to their appointments through Provide the Ride and looks forward to many years of continued success with this program.