Community Benefit Report Caring for Our Community
Regardless of an individual’s ability to pay, the health and wellness of our community are key to Columbus Community Hospital’s mission. As a not-for-profit hospital, we have established financial aid policies to assist patients who cannot afford care. Although Medicare and Medicaid programs do not pay enough to cover the cost incurred by these patients, we provide the same quality of care to all patients.
The data reported here not only includes uncompensated health care costs provided to the underinsured or uninsured, but also community health initiatives, education for health care professionals and the donation of services and funds to help further our mission and goals.
We are pleased to share with you our accomplishments and community contributions from May 2016 through April 2017.
Traditional Charity Care - $552,286
Health care services provided free of charge, or at a discounted fee schedule, to people who meet predetermined financial criteria. As required for government reporting, this figure is based on calculated costs, not charges to patients.
Community Health Education and Outreach - $216,718
Includes activities carried out to improve community health and health care services that are subsidized because they meet an identified need in the community.
• First Steps prenatal program, baby care and breast-feeding classes
• Meals on Wheels – over 11,000 people served
• Tune-Up for Life Health Fair
• Local business workshops hosted by Occupational Health Services
• Diabetes education and healthy lifestyle programs taught by registered dietitians
• Volunteer Services
• Healthy Families Network – which offers educational support and resources to over 340 families
• Free interpreter services
Unpaid Costs of Public Programs - $6,866,625
Medicare and Medicaid shortfalls are deficits created when Columbus Community Hospital receives payments from the government that are less than the cost of care for public programs.
Health Professional Medical Education - $599,586
Scholarships and funding for health professionals’ education
Cash and In-Kind Donations - $48,717
Community building activities
Community benefit operations (Community Health Needs Assessment)
• Health organizations (American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, ALS in the Heartland)
• Youth programs (Central Community College, Southeast Community College, Columbus Public Schools Foundation, Scotus Central Catholic)
• Habitat for Humanity
• Loup d’ Loup End Polio Now Bike Ride
• United Way
• YMCA Foundation
TOTAL AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY BENEFIT - $8,283,932