Community Benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment and/or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. St. Elizabeth Medical Center provides many outreach and community-based services to people in our community.
When members of the public attend events or forums highlight topics such as cardiac health, orthopedic services or the H1N1 virus, they may not realize that St. Elizabeth Medical Center is contributing resources for the good of the community. Yet that takes place numerous times and at many locations each year, in what has come to be known as “Community Benefit Activities”.
In support of the Medical Center’s Mission, staff members at all levels of the organization donate time and services to communities across the region. Along with hospitals across the state and nation, St. Elizabeth now monitors how our faithfulness to the regions population meets our local communities’ unique health needs.
Some of our recent community benefit activities are:
Charity care for people unable to afford services
Health education and illness prevention
Healthcare initiatives for at-risk youths
Free or low-cost clinics
Initiatives to raise awareness
Many of these activities are advanced in collaboration with community members and other organizations to improve health and quality of life.
Staff members at all levels of the organization donate time and services to communities across the region in support of the Medical Center’s Mission. While this has been ongoing since St. Elizabeth’s founding more than 144 years ago, only during the past four years has the information been recorded. Accounts are still incomplete. However, we can report with confidence that in 2009, at least 198 Medical Center employees donated 1,958 hours to meet specific community requests, interacting with 16,272 community attendees. These hours translate into a value of more than $58,607.
St. Elizabeth Medical Center employees are putting in extra time to help provide many of these outreach and community-based services within our area.
In addition, Patient Account Specialist also support patients in applying for Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Social Security, as well as working with Discharge Planners and the area's nursing homes and outpatient rehabilitation centers.