Greenville Health System uses guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) that will allow for equitable comparisons of community benefits among healthcare institutions. In recognizing the importance of community outreach in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents in the region, GHS offered support in a variety of ways during Fiscal Year 2015 (October 2014 through September 2015):
To help meet the medical needs of upstate citizens who have no healthcare coverage and cannot afford to pay for healthcare services, GHS provided nearly $92 million in charity and government-sponsored healthcare (at cost) in Fiscal Year 2015.
Community benefit programs encompass community health services, education of health professionals, subsidized health services, research, and financial and in-kind contributions. In addition to offering health fairs, screenings and information sessions, GHS works with community groups and educational institutions to train healthcare workers and to ensure access to basic medical services for everyone.
|Charity and Government-sponsored Healthcare Services||$92 million|
|Support to the Community and Community Health Partners||$85.6 million|
|Benefits Recognized by CHA||$177.6 million|
Medicare shortfall and bad debt (at cost) also are benefits that the health system provides. The Medicare shortfall represents $144.6 million of unpaid costs when reimbursement falls short of the actual cost of care. Bad debt, which totaled $90.5 million, occurs when patients are unwilling or unable to pay for services and do not seek charity care.
|Medicare Shortfall||$144.6 million|
|Bad Debt||$90.5 million|
|Additional Benefits Recognized by American Hospital Association||$235.1 million|
|Total Quantifiable Community Benefit||$412.7 million|
GHS was presenting sponsor of the TD Saturday Market, a weekly farmers market that takes place from May to October in downtown Greenville. GHS also sponsored the Spuds & Sprouts booth to help children learn about locally grown foods and have an opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables.
The 9th Annual Minority Health Summit was a tremendous success with nearly 2,000 people in attendance. This year’s event, themed “Knock Out Heart Disease and Stroke,” delivered a one-two punch with screenings, educational presentations, panelist forum and keynote speaker Laila Ali, world boxing champion and daughter of Muhammad Ali, who also is a TV host, fitness/wellness expert and heart disease advocate.
The event seeks to educate and increase awareness of major health disparities disproportionately affecting minorities. A community partnership, GHS works with minority leaders, churches and organizations to educate, empower and equip individuals to take control of their health through adopting healthy lifestyles. The summit includes physician speakers, health-risk assessments and medical information.
The 2015 Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day attracted nearly 600 people. This annual event provides health education and screenings in partnership with WJMZ 107.3 FM. Syndicated radio show host Tom Joyner also made an appearance at the event.
Each year, the population of Travelers Rest more than doubles when the Swamp Rabbit 5K takes route in May. Like any race, each runner has a special story. In 2015, about a dozen women from the Salvation Army Women’s Refuge trained for this run/walk, dubbing themselves “Team Almighty.”
Lauren Leffler, MD, a GHS orthopaedic surgery resident, visited the shelter and offered to help with training. Dr. Leffler walked and ran with the women leading up to the race.
Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital’s recreational therapists, along with local volunteers with experience playing hockey, conducted sled hockey clinics during the winter. The sport allows people with disabilities to play ice hockey while seated on a sled with hockey blades.