Ascension partners with Lyft for patient transportation: 5 things to know

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On-demand transportation company Lyft partnered with Ascension for non-emergent transportation services.

Here are five key notes:

1. Ascension's goal is to deliver "Healthcare That Leaves No One Behind" at an affordable cost; the partnership with Lyft will help patients transport to many of the health system's 2,500 care sites.

2. Ascension has 141 hospitals in 24 states and Washington, D.C. The Lyft services for Ascension patients will be rolled out across the nation over the next several months.

3. Lyft will be available for patients to travel to the hospital or home.

4. The service is designed for the "most vulnerable patients" to ensure a convenient and reliable form of transportation, whether it's for chronic care visits or wellness check-ups.

5. Patients who arrive at the hospital by ambulance or for emergencies can take a Lyft ride home after discharge.

"Many of the patients we serve across the country, especially those living in poverty and struggling the most, rely on public transportation, which can be inconvenient in terms of schedules and pickup and drop-off points," said Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, president and CEO of Ascension.

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