Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Partners with MMC to Support Health Care of Asylum Seekers with $5,000 Grant

August 13, 2019

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (HPHCF) is helping asylum seekers access needed medication through a $5,000 donation to Maine Medical Center (MMC). The donation comes as the city of Portland continues to work with partners in the community to meet the basic needs of hundreds of recently-arrived asylum seekers.

As part of MMC’s mission to care for its community, the hospital provided an inventory of medications earlier this summer to Greater Portland Health, the agency providing medical care to asylum seekers arriving at the Portland Expo. Among the medications were antibiotics, over-the-counter pain medicine, steroid creams and medications used for allergies, asthma and blood pressure reduction. The gift from HPHC will fund additional medications that Greater Portland Health requests from MMC, meeting the future needs of Portland’s asylum seekers.

“Harvard Pilgrim is proud to partner with Maine Medical Center to provide vital medications and health care supplies to those seeking asylum in our city,” said Bill Whitmore, Maine Market Vice President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Portland. “It’s great to see the city and other businesses and nonprofits helping to provide assistance for these families looking for a safe and welcoming place to build a new life and we are happy to provide our support.”

Because of its commitment to caring for underserved populations, MMC is able to participate in the federal 340B drug discount program, which allows resources to be stretched farther and support critical community initiatives such as this.

“We appreciate the commitment of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to the health of our community,” said Brian Marden, PharmD, MaineHealth’s Chief Pharmacy Officer. “MMC is proud to be one of many community partners who have worked together with city leaders in ensuring asylum seekers are healthy and safe in Portland.”

In addition to the donation of medication, MMC has provided health care to asylum seekers, linen processing for the city and assistance to the CDC in storing vaccines.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2019-2020, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.