Midwest’s Largest Health System Reports $571 Million in Community Benefits

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Oak Brook based Advocate Health Care, recognized as one of the nation’s top health systems announced today that it provided $571 million in charitable care and services in 2011. The contribution represents more than one-million lives touched in the communities Advocate serves throughout Chicagoland and central Illinois.

“We are proud to have provided charitable care and services that touched more than one million lives last year,” said Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care. “We continually challenge ourselves to extend our services beyond our hospital

Oak Brook based Advocate Health Care, recognized as one of the nation’s top health systems announced today that it provided $571 million in charitable care and services in 2011. The contribution represents more than one-million lives touched in the communities Advocate serves throughout Chicagoland and central Illinois.

“We are proud to have provided charitable care and services that touched more than one million lives last year,” said Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care. “We continually challenge ourselves to extend our services beyond our hospital walls.”

Advocate provided $95.3 million in free and discounted charity care for the uninsured and underinsured, and supplied more than $295 million in care without full reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid or other government-sponsored programs. In 2011, these benefits alone totaled $390 million in health care service costs.

In addition to free and subsidized health care, Advocate also offers programs and services that respond to communities’ unique needs. These include health and wellness screenings, behavioral health services, and school-based health care. Advocate also made significant investments in language-assistance programs, which offer our patients access to interpreters and other non-English patient education materials.

Contributions to other not-for-profit community organizations, as well as equipment, supplies and clinic space donations totaled $4.6 million. Advocate also increased its provision of medical education and training in 2011 by more than $9 million. As part of its annual Community Benefits Report, a detailed breakdown of Advocate’s contributions was recently filed with the State.

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