2017 support of $325 million alone underscores commitment to address health disparities, the opioid epidemic, mental health issues, and other health-related factors affecting the community
– In its newly released Community Benefit Report, University Hospitals illustrates recent examples of its continued effort to address health and economic disparities in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
During the past decade, UH has invested more than $2.6 billion in community benefit expenditures. And in 2017 alone, the health system’s community benefit expenditures totaled $325 million.
UH works with its community to identify and address the region’s most pressing healthcare needs through research, charitable care, education, training and community outreach.
UH follows Internal Revenue Service guidelines to determine allowable community benefit contribution. UH’s total community benefit spending includes: Charity care ($43 million); community health improvement services, programs and support ($24 million); Medicaid shortfall ($144 million); research ($37 million); and education and training ($77 million).
d shortfall refers to subsidized care to Medicaid patients because this government program pays well below the cost of providing such care.
“Since our founding in 1866, University Hospitals has served an active and integral role in Northeast Ohio, providing comprehensive healthcare to our neighbors while creating programs aimed at overall community well-being,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of UH. “Our vision statement, ‘Advancing the Science of Health and the Art of Compassion,’ illustrates our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care and patient experience, pioneering research, and elevating the standards of healthcare in the most compassionate way possible.”
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