Lyft, a ride-hailing service, announced a new partnership with Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit health system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, in order to make non-emergency transportation services available to patients with transportation issues.
According to Ascension, the partnership will make convenient and reliable transportation readily available to and from many of Ascension’s 2,500 sites of care, including 141 hospitals across 24 states and Washington, D.C.
“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, FACHE, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension. “Some patients may need a ride just once or twice a year, but some individuals with chronic conditions have to travel frequently to one of our care sites. By partnering with Lyft, we can offer our patients a convenient, reliable and affordable form of transportation.” The service also will provide a way for Ascension to help patients who arrive at a hospital by ambulance and need a ride home when they’re discharged.