Uncompensated Patient Care, Teaching Healthcare Professionals and Health Screenings All Part of Mission to Improve Health Every Day
NORFOLK, VA (May 15, 2012) – The 2011 Annual Sentara Community Benefits Report is now available.
Our mission is simple: to improve health every day. As part of that mission, we reinvest all earnings from operations back into our community and organization to continue our long-standing tradition of improving the health of the communities we serve.
In 2011, Sentara provided more than $214.5 million in community benefits. This investment back into the people we serve comes in many forms. We include uncompensated patient care, the teaching and training of healthcare professionals as well as community health and prevention screenings in the figure.
We treat all patients with dignity and respect, regardless of their ability to pay. The number of people in need continues to grow and Sentara provided more than $183.2 million in uncompensated patient care in 2011. Uncompensated care is defined as care for which no payment is received. We also lend a hand through our financial assistance programs including charity, assistance with Medicaid eligibility and uninsured discounts.
While we strive to help those who are sick, we work equally hard to prevent illness and power individuals to manage their health.
We provide education and preventive health screenings and forums. Another key component of our community investment is in the education and training of local healthcare professionals to create a pool of highly skilled medical professionals ready to serve.
It’s our privilege to expand our resources to communities across the state of Virginia thanks to hospitals that have joined our family in the past year: Martha Jefferson Hospital and RMH Healthcare.
2011 Annual Community Benefits Report
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