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Van Diest Medical Center Provides Community Benefit
Posted: Oct 19 2013 by ppowers

 Van Diest Medical Center provides $2,402,723 in community benefits to Hamilton County,according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. The amount is based on fiscal year 2012 figures,includes $2,256,692 in uncompensated care and $146,031 in free or discounted community and business benefits that Van Diest Medical Center specifically implemented to help Hamilton County residents. Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health and wellness screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations,nutritional services and transportation programs. The results for Van Diest Medical Center are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2012 valued at nearly $1.6 billion, including more than $641 million in charity care. All 118 of Iowa's community hospitals participated in the survey. Van Diest Medical Center CEO Robert Mason said the report demonstrates the accountability Iowa hospitals have to their communities. Beyond the doors, Van Diest Medical Center is committed to improving health in the communities served.  Van Diest Medical Center provides free lab tests and X-ray services to patients at the Webster City Free Clinic and provides wellness screenings to community members and businesses on a daily basis at a significant discount with the intent of improving the health of local and county residents. The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of individual communities as well as entire counties and regions. Many of these programs and services simply would not exist without hospital support and leadership. The ability of Iowa hospitals to respond to such needs is hampered by the slow recovery from the economic downturn as well as reduced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid was $9,126,288. Hospitals serving small, rural communities and counties are particularly dependent on the programs;more than 60 percent of all hospital revenue in Iowa comes from Medicare and Medicaid. Charity care provided by Van Diest Medical Center has increased 44 percent since the fiscal year ending in 2010 and is anticipated to continue to increase in the current economic environment. Chief Financial Officer Alice Heinrichs said bad debt has increased from 3.75 percent of gross revenue in the fiscal year ending in 2010 to 4.30 percent in 2012 which equates to an increase of $211,472.

 Van Diest Medical Center provides $2,402,723 in community benefits to Hamilton County,according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. The amount is based on fiscal year 2012 figures,includes $2,256,692 in uncompensated care and $146,031 in free or discounted community and business benefits that Van Diest Medical Center specifically implemented to help Hamilton County residents. Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health and wellness screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations,nutritional services and transportation programs. The results for Van Diest Medical Center are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2012 valued at nearly $1.6 billion, including more than $641 million in charity care. All 118 of Iowa's community hospitals participated in the survey. Van Diest Medical Center CEO Robert Mason said the report demonstrates the accountability Iowa hospitals have to their communities. Beyond the doors, Van Diest Medical Center is committed to improving health in the communities served.  Van Diest Medical Center provides free lab tests and X-ray services to patients at the Webster City Free Clinic and provides wellness screenings to community members and businesses on a daily basis at a significant discount with the intent of improving the health of local and county residents. The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of individual communities as well as entire counties and regions. Many of these programs and services simply would not exist without hospital support and leadership. The ability of Iowa hospitals to respond to such needs is hampered by the slow recovery from the economic downturn as well as reduced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid was $9,126,288. Hospitals serving small, rural communities and counties are particularly dependent on the programs;more than 60 percent of all hospital revenue in Iowa comes from Medicare and Medicaid. Charity care provided by Van Diest Medical Center has increased 44 percent since the fiscal year ending in 2010 and is anticipated to continue to increase in the current economic environment. Chief Financial Officer Alice Heinrichs said bad debt has increased from 3.75 percent of gross revenue in the fiscal year ending in 2010 to 4.30 percent in 2012 which equates to an increase of $211,472.

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