Arlington Heights, IL (PRWEB) May 14, 2014
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) reported $96.5 million in community benefit in 2013, a 9 percent increase from the previous year, according to its annual report filed with the Illinois Attorney General. The report, Moving Forward Giving Back, details NCH programs aimed at improving healthcare for the community it serves.
NCH’s community benefit programs are designed to increase access to healthcare, bridge the gap for the medically underserved, promote wellness programs and fund education and research.
With the expansion of the Medicaid program in Illinois, more individuals with fewer resources in the community are now covered by Medicaid, but overall health and oral health resources are limited. In fiscal year 2013, NCH provided $74.1 million in government-sponsored care and nearly $15 million in charity care.
NCH’s community outreach programs focus on improving the health and quality of life for community members. In fiscal year 2013, NCH directed more than $550,000 to health and wellness community programs, including senior care, cancer support and tobacco cessation classes.
NCH directed more than $3.4 million in health education for students and allied health professionals and more than $1.1 million in financial and in-kind support to community partners and agencies.
“We are committed to developing programs and forming partnerships that help bridge the gap for individuals who have difficulty obtaining care,” NCH CEO Steve Scogna says. “We know that in caring for the underserved we create healthier communities for everyone.”
The 2013 NCH Community Benefit Report is now available online at nch.org/publications. To request a print copy, call 847.618.5570.
About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)
Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year and more than 20,000 inpatients annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group’s designation as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. The physicians who provide care at NCH may not be agents or employees at Northwest Community Healthcare, or at any of our affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facility as a place where they want to treat and care for their private patients. For more information, or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit http://www.nch.org.
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