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Thank You to the Walmart Foundation!

Third Street Clinic is honored to have been selected as a recipient for the Walmart State Foundation Grant in North Dakota.  This generous grant funding was received in late 2017 and has allowed us to expand and support the medication assistance we offer to qualifying clients. Inspire Pharmacy is our partner in the effort to ensure low-income residents of the Greater Grand Forks area have access to affordable medications.  Funding from the Walmart Foundation Grant has assisted more than 100 individuals so far with the cost of medications to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma.  This assistance from TSC is available for a short time while we link clients with services that can provide long-term medication coverage.   Thank you to the Walmart Foundation and our community for its ongoing support!

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Grand Forks’ Inspire Pharmacy not yet profitable, but prescriptions up

A new pharmacy in downtown Grand Forks started off small seven months ago.

On April 1, its first day of operation, Inspire Pharmacy filled just two prescriptions. But today, it’s filling nearly 50 prescriptions a day on average, which is close to the goal leaders set for the end of the first year of business.

“We’re ahead of ourselves,” said Judy Swisher, Inspire’s pharmacist owner.

Swisher said the pharmacy isn’t yet profitable, but they hadn’t planned to be early on. She said profits from Inspire Pharmacy will go to the Third Street Clinic, which owns 49 percent of the pharmacy and sits just upstairs from its 360 Division Ave. location, to boost programs the nonprofit provides.

Read the full article on the Grand Forks Herald

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Inspire Pharmacy Celebrates One Year

Inspire Pharmacy in Grand Forks will celebrate its one-year anniversary with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at its location downtown at 360 Division Ave. As part of the open house, the public is encouraged to stop in for a light lunch and register for a door prize. The FOX 96.1 radio station will be live on location.

“We are excited to celebrate our first year of business with the community of Grand Forks,” says Judy Swisher, owner and director of Inspire Pharmacy. “We’ve had a great first year, and we’re hoping that more and more of our neighbors here downtown will be inspired to take advantage of having a pharmacy located so close to where they live and work.”

Founded in 2016, Inspire Pharmacy is a full-service downtown pharmacy open to everyone for prescription medications and a wide variety of over-the-counter medications. All of Inspire’s profits go to support the programs and services of Third Street Clinic. Learn more at www.inspiregf.com

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You can Still Join! Walk a Mile in My Shoes

There is still time to join our walk to raise money for medicine for local residents who cannot afford theirs.

http://www.thirdstreetclinicwalk.myevent.com

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“Walk A Mile in My Shoes” Walk-a-Thon Event – Register TODAY!

Third Street Clinic encourages you to participate in our September Walk-A-Thon. Use your fitness app to track your steps all month long, convert them to miles and enter your progress on the website.

REGISTER TODAY:

www.thirdstreetclinicwalk.myevent.com

Each registered participant will receive a FREE water bottle with fruit infuser from TSC and a summer first aid kit donated by Inspire Pharmacy.

PRIZES AWARDED:

1. Most miles walked (individual and team average)

2. Most # of donors (individual and team average)

3. Most money raised (individual and team average)

4. Outstanding use of Social Media (sorry, just one!)
For the most posts, shares, videos, pictures, etc.

5. Third Street Clinic Ambassador Extraordinaire
For the person or team who goes above and beyond to share the mission of TSC with the community

Prizes will be awarded on September 30 and include gift cards from local businesses and other gifts donated by our sponsors.

All proceeds from the Walk-a-Mile in My Shoes event will go to pay for medications for Third Street Clinic clients. To learn how your donations change lives, go to https://www.thirdstreetclinic.org/our-initiatives/walk-mile-shoes/

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Thank You to the Walmart Foundation!

Third Street Clinic has new hours until September 6

Open 8:30 – 12 Noon Monday – Friday

And by Appointment – call during the morning or leave a message in the afternoon.

Prescription assistance is available 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday at Inspire Pharmacy

Bring Identification and proof of income.


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Grand Forks Nonprofit Business Alliance Receives Partnership Building Award

The North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO) presented its 2016 Walt Odegaard Leadership Award, Partnership Building Award and Emerging Leader Award on June 1 during the Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Bismarck.

The Walt Odegaard Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a difference by strengthening North Dakota and its nonprofit sector through his or her long-term commitment to leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy. Individuals with more than 15 years of leadership experience are eligible for this award. The 2016 recipients are Kevin J. Dvorak, president and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation, and Sandra Marshall, CEO of Development Homes Inc.

The Partnership Building Award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated community leadership and built partnerships within the North Dakota nonprofit sector. Nonprofits, for-profit businesses, government agencies and educational institutions are eligible for this award. The 2016 Partnership Building Award winner is the Nonprofit Business Alliance in Grand Forks.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in strengthening the North Dakota nonprofit sector in a short amount of time through his or her commitment to leadership, volunteerism and/or philanthropy. Individuals with 15 years or less of leadership experience are eligible for this award. The 2016 Emerging Leader Award winner is Jessica Thomasson, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

“NDANO is pleased to recognize excellence in the nonprofit sector through its annual awards,” says NDANO President Tim Eissinger. “This year’s award recipients are to be commended for their commitment to enhancing the quality of life throughout North Dakota.”


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Christine Devine Memorial Ride to Benefit TSC and Wounded Warriors

Christine Devine passed away on September 25, 2015, at the age of 44. She was diagnosed with Primary Pulmonary hypertension on 1999. Despite facing numerous health challenges and surgeries associated with this condition she pushed herself to “Live Live”  enjoying time with family and friends, going to the lake when she was able and, of course, riding Harley’s! This ride is intended to celebrate her love for live and support the work of Third Street Clinic and
The Wounded Warriors Project.


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Inspire Pharmacy to host grand opening in downtown Grand Forks

A few last windows and a telephone line weren’t installed until Thursday, and there were some bumps in the road along the way, but Inspire Pharmacy is ready for a grand opening Friday in downtown Grand Forks. “We started talking about this probably three years ago over at Third Street Clinic,” head pharmacist Judy Swisher said.

Swisher, her two pharmacists and two technicians are hosting an open house 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 360 Division Ave., Suite 100, for potential customers to check out the new location. The event will feature free food and drinks, door prizes and information about what the pharmacy offers.

Inspire isn’t ready to take prescription orders just yet, but it will be able to fill any prescription for all customers, including low-income clients, in the near future. It will also offer convenience store-type items clients previously couldn’t buy downtown, such as a bottle of aspirin.

“We’ve got cough drops, cough and cold, some skin care, Band-Aids and first-aid cream, lotions, toothbrushes, just what you would hope to find in a pharmacy,” Swisher said.

The pharmacy is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it provides mail and delivery service to clients within a 10-mile radius to serve the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks areas.

Swisher is excited the pharmacy is downtown near the main bus hub and within walking distance for people who live in the area. The next nearest pharmacy is at least a mile away on Washington Street, and “transportation is an issue for a lot of our clients,” she said. Filling a prescription could become an all-day event.

“They would come to (Third Street Clinic), get a referral, have to take a bus out to Altru, have to take a bus back downtown to get a prescription voucher, then take another bus to whatever pharmacy they use, and if it’s not close to their home, take another bus to get home,” Swisher said.

And there were medications Third Street Clinic couldn’t provide that Inspire can, like controlled drugs, including anxiety and pain medications.

“We realized we were not meeting some needs that needed to be met,” Swisher said.

Plus, it’s in the same building as Third Street Clinic, which works to help underserved residents receive health care.

“We’ll continue to work with people who have limited incomes, like we have all along,” Swisher said.

The pharmacy works to help people with hefty copays and or those who qualify for up to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines get the prescriptions they need, she said.

And it’s not just about getting a prescription; it’s about understanding it. Instructions that come with a prescription have medical jargon in tiny print. Inspire provides medication management counseling to help customers understand how to properly take a prescription, what it can and cannot be taken with and the side effects.

“I love talking to a patient and realizing they get it,” Swisher said. “They understand what I’m saying to them.”

Profits from the pharmacy go to Third Street Clinic to help go toward its programs. Swisher said the clinic hopes to expand its dental and vision programs beyond emergency situations to help people be able to get regular checkups.

Swisher looked around Thursday evening as people drilled holes or put furniture in place in preparation for the grand opening. She wishes the pharmacy would be able to fill prescriptions opening day, but she said she realized there were some hiccups, such paperwork and insurance details, that slowed down the process.

“But then I look around and I think, man, there were a lot of pieces that had to fall into place,” Swisher said. “We did a good job.”

Read the full article on the Grand Forks Herald


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Miracle Worker Winter 2015

Here’s the Spring 2016 edition of The Miracle Worker!

Click here to download!

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