Community benefit programs highlight Scripps commitment to serve San Diego region
SAN DIEGO – Scripps Health devoted $321 million to local community benefit programs and services during fiscal year 2011.
Scripps provides hospital services to one-quarter of the county’s uninsured patient population. Of this, Scripps Mercy Hospital’s San Diego and Chula Vista campuses provide 67 percent of the charity care within the Scripps system.
In addition to supporting the growing need to fund low- and no-cost health care services, Scripps invested in programs to train new physicians, provide health screenings for the underserved, offer wellness services for seniors, deliver care to the homeless and address other important community needs. The non-profit health system recently released its 2012 Community Benefit Plan and Report detailing its community benefit activities. A copy of the report is available online at www.scripps.org/communitybenefit.
“Improving this community’s health requires providing quality care both within and outside the physical walls of our health care facilities,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “From charity care to health screening services, the employees, physicians and volunteers at Scripps are committed to serving our communities through community benefit programs.”
Uncompensated Care in 2011
Uncompensated care represented the largest portion of Scripps’ community benefit contributions in 2011, totaling more than $268 million. Uncompensated care includes three elements: under-reimbursed care (under-payment from third-party payers, which accounted for $211 million; charity care (care for those who do not qualify for government payer programs and do not have commercial insurance, which totaled $41.2 million); and bad debt (failure to pay by patients whose health care has not been classified as charity care, which accounted for $16.6 million).
Scripps also invested $16.4 million in community health services to help improve the health of the community overall, including prevention and wellness programs such as screenings, health education, support groups and health fairs. Key activities included childhood obesity and diabetes prevention programs for underserved communities, reconstructive surgeries to children in need, cancer screenings and imaging services to low-income residents, health services to the homeless, and a health and wellness program for seniors.
Committing to health education and research
Quality health care is highly dependent upon health education systems and medical research programs. Scripps invested $34.5 million in professional training programs and clinical research to enhance service delivery and treatment practices for San Diego County in fiscal year 2011. Each year, Scripps allocates resources to the advancement of health care services through graduate medical education, nursing resource development and other health care professional education. Medical research plays an important role in improving the community’s overall health. In fiscal year 2011, $16.5 million went toward health research, and $13.3 million helped fund Scripps graduate medical education programs at Scripps Mercy Hospital’s San Diego and Chula Vista campuses, Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital.
In addition to the financial community benefit contributions made during fiscal year 2011, Scripps Health employees and affiliated physicians collectively volunteered more than 21,302 hours of their personal time to support Scripps-sponsored community benefit programs. This is equivalent to more than $906,229, which is reported separately from the Scripps FY11 community benefit programs and services total.
Scripps Health’s 2011 Community Benefit Plan and Report was developed in response to Senate Bill 697, passed in 1994, requiring the state’s community, private not-for-profit hospitals to document the full range of community benefits they provide on an annual basis. Scripps has taken this legislative requirement a step further by incorporating community benefit activities conducted from throughout the system, including Scripps’ five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, wellness centers and clinics. Scripps’ community benefit programs and services include activities that provide benefit to the community over and above the standard practices of care.
ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2.5 billion nonprofit integrated health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 13,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of physician offices and 23 outpatient centers and clinics.
Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine, wireless health care and graduate medical education. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps has been consistently recognized by Fortune, Working Mother magazine and AARP as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.
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