SCL Health Collaborates with Lyft to Improve Access to Medically Necessary Care for Patients in the Front Range

BROOMFIELD, COLO. (October 11, 2017) – SCL Health is collaborating with ridesharing company Lyft to make non-emergency transportation services available to patients facing transportation barriers. The agreement will provide an additional resource for SCL Health’s Denver-area patients by making convenient and reliable transportation available, furthering SCL Health’s mission to improve the health of the people and communities they serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

“Many of the patients we serve rely on public transportation, which can make accessing medical care challenging,” said Peter Kung, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Health for SCL Health. “Our collaboration with Lyft allows us to provide an additional resource for SCL Health’s most vulnerable patients by helping them reach the care they need.”

The service will first be made available to established patients at SCL Health’s care sites in Colorado’s Front Range, with locations including Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver; Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge; Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette; Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton; and Front Range physician clinics. Through the new service, care teams will be able to identify patients who are eligible for a ride with Lyft, either on demand or in advance.

“Helping patients get to or from our clinics and hospitals is a simple and critical step in improving health outcomes,” said Kung. “This initiative furthers our mission and our efforts to create an exceptional experience at an affordable cost. We’re excited to work with Lyft to help the patients and communities that need it most.”

“At Lyft, our mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation,” said Gabe Cohen, Lyft Denver General Manager. “Together with SCL Health we’re providing a safe, reliable and accessible transportation option to patients in the Denver area who are facing transportation barriers. This makes healthcare more accessible and ultimately enhances the quality of life for people in these communities.”

SCL Health and Lyft plan to expand transportation services to additional sites in the near future.

About SCL Health
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Our $2.5 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our 12 hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $222 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit sclhealth.org.

About Lyft
Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available to 95 percent of the US population. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities. To learn more about Lyft's work in healthcare, visit https://get.lyft.com/healthcare/


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Contact:
Katie Cicerchi
303-272-0318 or kathryn.cicerchi@sclhs.net


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