$137.5M Helped Underinsured, Uninsured Patients
Norfolk, VA - March 17, 2009 - With its continuing efforts to serve patients in the Hampton Roads community -- especially those who cannot afford their medical care -- Sentara provided $157.8 million to individuals and services in the area in 2008.
The majority - $137.5 million - went toward uncompensated patient care. Overall community benefits spending was up by more than $22 million from 2007 figures.
This illustrates Sentara's commitment to the health and well-being of people in the region, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Sentara's community benefits are more than just a byproduct of day-to-day activities to meet the needs of the community. They are an expression of Sentara's mission in action "to improve health every day."
That includes covering hospital costs for Cynthia Stinson, a 43-year-old divorced mother, who despite working two jobs at 60 hours a week, did not have insurance and could not afford her medical care after a heart attack.
"It was a blessing from God that Sentara covered my costs," said Stinson, who spent seven days at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital for an angioplasty and stent to correct her blockage. "I guess I just would have died without Sentara."
Dr. Subir Vij serves as the chief medical officer at Park Place Medical Center in Norfolk and Portsmouth Community Health Center, which provides care for the under- and uninsured. He has noticed at least a 10 percent increase in patients seeking care at those facilities in the past few months.
"With the bad economy, people are losing their jobs and we're seeing a rapid increase in the uninsured," Dr. Vij said. "Sentara is a very valuable community partner, and their help has been immense."
During 2008, Sentara provided $157,825,000 in Community Benefits in 2008. That included:
$137,530,000 in uncompensated patient care services, which amounts to 118,512 uninsured and underinsured patients served. In total, 324 patients per day received free services, equaling $376,000 per day.
Committing more than $5 million annually to Eastern Virginia Medical School to maintain a highly trained pool of top-quality doctors in the area and supporting local colleges of higher learning to ensure a supply of skilled nurses and clinical professionals.
Providing more than 15,500 people with information and screenings on cancer prevention through the Sentara Cancer Network.
Coordinating more than 1,700 events that touch more than 36,600 people for health screenings.
Delivered 13,328 flu immunizations in 2008.
For more details, see the 2008 Community Benefits Report At a Glance.