Brian Newsome, Director of Public Affairs
Contributions go to support community programs, access to healthcare and other charitable causes
Broomfield, COLO. (Aug. 9, 2016) – SCL Health, a faith-based nonprofit health system serving communities in three states, contributed $222.4 million in community benefit last year. This was nearly 7 percent more than the year before, despite increasing financial demands on hospitals and health systems nationwide.
All told, our community benefit programs and services served roughly 296,000 lives.
“Our mission at SCL Health is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable,” said Gaye Woods, System Director of Community Benefit for SCL Health. “Our contributions are one of many ways we work to fulfill this mission and reveal God’s healing love.”
Community Benefit contributions include charity care, unreimbursed Medicaid and other subsidized healthcare services, community-building activities, and community health improvement initiatives.
Much of our focus is driven by the Community Health Needs Assessments conducted by each of our hospitals in collaboration with public health departments and others. From these assessments, we identify areas of need to focus our health improvement plans. In recent years, the areas of increasing needs have included behavioral health, obesity and access to healthcare services.
ABOUT SCL HEALTH
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.5 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our 11 hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $222 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealth.org