Illinois hospitals contributed annual community benefits of more than $4.6 billion in programs and services in their 2009-10 fiscal years, according to the fifth annual report issued by the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA). Illinois Hospitals: Cornerstones of Health, Foundations of the Community focuses on how hospitals in Illinois respond to the evolving health care needs of patients in their communities as they strive to combat obesity and diabetes, lend a helping hand when needed, and enhance the services they provide in a multitude of ways.
During that same time period, Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services contributed annual community benefits of more than $11 Million in programs and services in their most recent fiscal year.
“It’s part of our Core Mission to provide these benefits to the communities that we serve. We provide healthcare services in parts of eight counties in Central Illinois. We are proud to be able to provide this level of benefits to these communities,” said hospital CEO Rob Schmitt.
Gibson Area Hospital provided:
- $3.7 million absorbed by the hospital because of underpayments by government-sponsored programs such as Medicare and Medicaid;
- $1.5 million in health care services for patients who were unable to pay;
- $950,000 in free and discounted care at cost;
- $4.9 million to subsidize money-losing services (e.g., ER, Ambulance, LTC, Cardiac Rehab);
- $25,000 in language assistance services; and
- $200,000 in donations, volunteer work and other services.
Despite the continuing economic downturn and Illinois’ challenging political and fiscal environments, the state’s hospitals contributed not only services and programs to benefit their communities, but also billions of dollars in tangible economic benefits as major employers, job creators and purchasers of goods and services. Illinois hospitals pump $75.1 billion into the state’s economy each year, including more than $14.8 billion in salaries and benefits to employ nearly a quarter of a million people. In nearly half of the state’s counties, hospitals are among the top three employers.
Gibson Area Hospital is the largest employer in Ford County, with over 500 full and part-time employees, and a salary base of over $27 million annually. Gibson Area Hospital provides healthcare services in all or parts of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Vermillion, Champaign, Piatt, DeWitt, and McLean counties.
Illinois Hospitals: Cornerstones of Health, Foundations of the Community demonstrates the enormous impact Illinois hospitals have on individual lives as well as entire communities. (The report can be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/86hb833.)
Illinois Hospital Association
The Illinois Hospital Association, with offices in Naperville, Springfield and Washington, D.C., is an advocate for 200 Illinois hospitals and the patients and communities they serve. For more information, see IHA’s web site, www.ihatoday.org. Like IHA on Facebook, follow IHA on Twitter.