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Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation President Patrick McKercher, Ph.D., R.Ph. Honored for Distinguished Service


Washington, D.C., October 22, 2014 - At its 10th anniversary celebration yesterday in Washington, D.C., the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation presented its Distinguished Service Award to Patrick McKercher, Ph.D., R.Ph., the Foundation’s president since 2011.

"Pat McKercher has been an exceptional leader," said PAN Board Chair Kim Schwartz, "and has worked tirelessly and effectively to make PAN the largest nonprofit organization in the country helping underinsured patients pay for their medications."

Dr. McKercher first joined PAN as a board member in 2010. When the chief executive stepped down unexpectedly, he agreed to serve as interim president until a new CEO could be engaged. Almost immediately, the organization began to experience significant revenue growth, enabling the organization to provide more co-pay assistance to a larger number of patients.

When a search firm was engaged to identify a new president, it was already apparent that Dr. McKercher was the leader PAN needed. After a full national search, Dr. McKercher was appointed president in 2011. Under Dr. McKercher’s stewardship, the Foundation provided over $600 million in co-pay assistance to almost 260,000 patients, with a broad array of chronic conditions, rare diseases, and cancers.

Reflecting on the Foundation’s remarkable growth, Dr. McKercher commented, "I’m more proud of being part of the Board that fixed the problem." Stephen Loebs, one of the organization’s founders and a former board member, said that "Pat McKercher was the right person at the right time to elevate our organization to national prominence. We started out with modest goals and a unique start-up challenge. But we also had a vision to become a significant contributor to helping the underinsured. Our vision has been realized."

About the PAN Foundation

Patient Access Network Foundation is dedicated to nationally providing help and hope to patients who would otherwise be unable to afford medications due to out-of-pocket costs. PAN provides assistance through nearly 60 disease-specific programs designed to help patients being treated for certain cancers, chronic illnesses, and rare diseases. Through our streamlined application process and state of the art online tools, we are able to ensure that eligible patients are put on the fast track to therapy.