Programs reflect Scripps’ deep commitment to community service
SAN DIEGO – Scripps Health invested $395 million into community benefit programs in San Diego County during fiscal year 2018, which accounted for 12 percent of the nonprofit health system’s total operating expenses.
Scripps recently released its 2019 Community Benefit Report detailing its community benefit activities for fiscal year 2018 (October 2017 through September 2018). A copy of the report, which includes data on each of Scripps’ hospitals, is available online at www.scripps.org/communitybenefit.
Scripps cares for some of the neediest people in San Diego County, often at low or no cost. In fiscal year 2018, Scripps provided hospital services to approximately one-quarter of the county’s uninsured patient population.
Scripps also invested in training new physicians, health screenings for underserved populations and care for homeless people. In addition, Scripps worked to meet other important community needs through its network of hospitals and clinics across the region.
“Scripps Health’s investment in our growing community began more than 100 years ago as the mission of our founders, Ellen Browning Scripps and Mother Mary Michael Cummings,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “I think both of them would be proud to see that their commitment to improving the health of San Diegans continues stronger than ever today.”
Community benefit services
Scripps divides community benefit services into three categories: uncompensated health care, community health improvement services, and professional education and health research.
Uncompensated care accounted for the largest portion of Scripps’ community benefit efforts at $358.3 million in fiscal 2018.
Uncompensated care included:
Scripps invested $10.3 million into community health services, including:
Scripps invested $26.7 million in health research, graduate medical education and professional education including:
Scripps employees and affiliated physicians collectively volunteered 10,191 hours in support of Scripps-sponsored community benefit programs, the equivalent of more than $507,000 in volunteer labor. (Volunteer hours are mentioned in the report but are not included in the community benefit total.)
Prioritizing community health needs
Scripps collaborates with other health systems, community groups, government agencies, businesses and grassroots organizations to serve the greatest patient population needs and to prioritize investments in the health and well-being of the community.
The 2019 Community Benefit Report is the system’s annual response to Senate Bill 697, a 1994 state law that requires private, nonprofit hospitals to document the full range of community benefits they provide on a yearly basis. Scripps takes this legislative requirement a step further by incorporating community benefit activities from throughout the system, including Scripps’ five acute-care hospital campuses and its various outpatient and wellness center locations.
ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health care delivery system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats more than 750,000 patients annually through the dedication of 3,000 affiliated physicians and more than 15,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, 27 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of affiliated physician offices throughout the region.
Recognized as a leader in disease and injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps has been ranked five times as one of the nation’s best health care systems by Truven Health Analytics. Its hospitals are ranked No. 1 in San Diego County and among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Scripps also is recognized by Advisory Board, Fortune and Working Mother magazine as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.