Healthcare Organization’s Name Change Effective Today

October 1, 2008

With its recent growth outside the borders of South Carolina and an expanded mission to provide more uninsured individuals with its prescription drug program, CommuniCare has announced a name change to Welvista, effective today.

Welvista continues its prescription drug program for residents in four states who fall at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit and are without health insurance coverage. The William E. Murray pharmacy located at Welvista’s headquarters off Forest Drive in Columbia serves its patients in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and New Jersey. Welvista also continues its dental services, Smiles for a Lifetime, for South Carolina children in Allendale County, Dillon II, and Clarendon I and II school districts, and Charleston.

“Because we are receiving increased interest from other states who want us to establish a prescription drug program, we found it necessary to change our name to one that is not associated with any other type of healthcare service in the nation,” says Welvista CEO Ken Trogdon. “We are committed to improving health and wellness for the uninsured. Our model has proven its viability and is the reason we are launching pilot programs in other states.”

“Welvista has been a very valuable partner to the Taylors Free Medical Clinic,” says Dr. Jim Hayes, medical director of the Taylors Free Medical Clinic. “The more expensive and more lifesaving medicines provided to us by Welvista have greatly enhanced the quality of life of our patients.”

“I work part-time but don’t make much money and don’t have health insurance coverage,” says Welvista patient Florita Patchman. “Welvista helped me to afford my medications, so I give back by speaking out about its services. I know what it does for me. There are so many other people who don’t go to the doctor or take their medicines because they can’t afford it.”

“Welvista is a wonderful service,” says patient Julia Collier. “I also have referred a friend of mine who needed help.”

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