Cincinnati Ė Lee Ann Liska, executive director and senior vice president of UC Health - University Hospital, announced today that University Hospital provided nearly $100 million ($98.9 million) in community benefit in fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30. University Hospital recently verified that amount as part of its annual audit.
In making todayís announcement, Liska stated:
ďUniversity Hospital is deeply committed to improving the quality of life in our community, and the $100 million we gave back to Cincinnati is living proof of that commitment. We are, without question, the leader among area hospitals in providing community benefit. Cincinnati has always generously supported University Hospital. This is one way we can thank the citizens of our community for that support.Ē
The community benefit calculation includes totals for free medical care (traditional charity care), Medicaid payment shortfalls, community health improvement services, research and education, and subsidized health services. Examples of subsidized health services at University Hospital include emergency and trauma services (including Air Care), neonatal intensive care, University Hospitalís outpatient clinics, womenís health services, renal dialysis services and behavioral health services.
Examples of University Hospitalís community health improvement services include:
- Prescription drug support and waiving of co-pays for the uninsured at University Hospitalís outpatient pharmacy;
- Mobile crisis team;
- Free health clinics;
- Social service programs that provide support to Cincinnatiís most vulnerable citizens;
- Community Health Fairs / Screenings
- Health & Wellness Events; and
- Prenatal Classes serving at-risk populations.
In making its calculation, University Hospital follows the Catholic Health Associationís standards for measuring community benefit. Those standards are widely considered an industry best practice.
University Hospitalís community benefit also reflects the net amount after subtracting any offsetting revenues, including support from the Hamilton County Health and Hospital Levy and Ohioís Hospital Care Assurance Program. University Hospitalís charity care calculations are based on costs, not charges, and the aggregate figure does not include bad debt or shortfalls in Medicare payments.
University Hospital is Cincinnatiís only quaternary, tertiary academic health center that cares for the sickest and most severely injured patients in our community. University Hospital provides primary care and specialized inpatient and outpatient services to more than 500,000 patients per year. It is home to the area's only adult Level I Trauma Center, accredited helicopter and ground ambulance service, and multi-solid organ transplant center and is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's annual guide to America's Best Hospitals.