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November 1, 2011 > Giving Back to the Community

Giving Back to the Community

Serving the Needs of District Residents for More Than 50 Years

Washington Hospital came into existence more than 50 years ago, thanks to the efforts of a group of citizens who foresaw the need for local, high quality medical care. Since that time, your community hospital has grown alongside the local communities it serves, expanding to meet citizens' needs.

Throughout our 50 year history of service to this District, Washington Hospital is, and always has been, focused on providing the highest quality health care to each and every patient who needs it, regardless of their financial circumstances.

That is why we take our focus on charity care so seriously, which is a tremendous help to those who are most in need. Washington Hospital does not turn away patients who need care but do not have insurance. While we wholeheartedly embrace this commitment, it is also our duty to the residents of the Washington Township Health Care District to be transparent with our finances and let you know that it is at great expense that we provide benefit to this community.

Last year Washington Hospital provided $42 million in health care services to the District's medically indigent. This figure includes care provided for free and also care provided to the Medi-Cal population that Washington subsidizes since the Hospital is compensated much less than the cost of providing this care.

Furthermore we work hard to help get people on insurance programs and last year obtained Medi-Cal approval for 530 patients. An additional $75 million was written off as subsidization of Medicare patients and bad debt due to insufficient means to pay for their health care.

In addition to this commitment to the uninsured and the underinsured, Washington Hospital also spent an additional $3 million directly on community health programs and services.

One of those programs is called Washington on Wheels. You may have seen around town this fully equipped mobile health clinic traveling throughout the Tri-City area providing free or low cost health screenings, immunizations, flu shots, and other preventive services. We also run community education classes and screenings that allow residents and patients to stay in the loop on what Washington Hospital has to offer. In addition to helping us stay connected with the community, they are a great way to help detect medical issues before they advance any further.

We also take a leadership position on other community based support by donating to third party, non-profit health care providers like George Mark Children's House and community clinics in the form of free lab and radiology services.

All told, Washington Hospital provided more than $120 million in aid to the community in 2010. This figure is more than 25 percent of Washington Hospital's total expenses. While this is a significant cost, we believe that it is our obligation and mission to provide care to this community.

Washington Hospital is proud to do its part to not only engage with the community on a regular basis, but also to deliver free and/or subsidized health care to those who need it most. We look forward to continuing this long tradition.

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