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Presence St. Joseph reports $9.6 million in benefits to community

Updated: August 16, 2013 6:11AM



ELGIN — Presence Saint Joseph Hospital contributed more than $9.6 million in community benefits to residents of the Elgin area and helped a total of 20,526 people last year, Presence Health officials announced.

According to a press release from the hospital, the Presence Saint Joseph community benefits for the Elgin area included:

$3.2 million in financial assistance — the cost of providing free or discounted health services for those who could not afford to pay and met the criteria for financial assistance.

$5.1 million in Medicaid shortfall — the unpaid costs of public programs for those with low income or a disability.

$1.3 million in community benefit services — programs and activities to improve community health, educate health professionals, conduct research studies, provide subsidized clinical services and support community organizations.

Additional benefits include more than $21 million in bad debt (expenses for which services were provided but no payment was received) and $8.1 million in Medicare shortfall.

In total, Presence Health contributed nearly $168 million in community benefits statewide and helped more than 847,000 people according to the system-wide 2012 Community Benefit Report, which was also released.

“Presence Saint Joseph is committed to serving our community, supporting health and wellness for everyone,” said Dr. Eugene J. McMahon, president and CEO of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. “Working together with our neighbors, we will continue to tackle the challenges that remain and help improve the lives of individuals, families and the whole community.”

“As the newest health care system in Illinois, Presence Health has a bold vision to transform health care,” said Sandra Bruce, president and CEO of Presence Health. “It begins in each of our communities as we work together to empower people to achieve better health for themselves and others. Prevention, wellness, and collaboration are key.”

Through the ongoing Community Health Needs Assessment Process, each of the communities Presence Health serves has come together to identify their local health priorities and to develop strategies to improve the health of everyone in each of its service areas, the release said.

Presence Saint Joseph has collaborated with the local health department, community health providers (including other area hospitals), elected officials, business leaders, schools, churches and residents to determine the state of health in the Elgin area. The overall health of the community was evaluated and the highest priority needs were identified as obesity, chronic disease, infant mortality, childhood lead poisoning, communicable disease, and oor social and emotional wellness.

Presence Saint Joseph is working with community partners to implement and expand programs that address these top health concerns, the release said.

The 2012 Community Benefit and the Community Health Needs Assessment reports are available at presencehealth.org/community.



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