Abington Memorial Hospital Community Benefit Report
FY2011 Community Benefit Report
To our community members:
Following is a summary report of Abington Memorial Hospital’s Community Benefit activities for FY2011. We are proud of our many services and outreach programs and welcome the opportunity to partner with other organizations who share our goal of improving the health of the communities we serve.
We continue to pursue our vision of being the most trusted healthcare partner, consistently exceeding expectations for care, comfort and communication.
We invite your questions and comments regarding our commitment and dedication to our patients and their families, and the staff who serve them.
Larry M. Merlis, President and CEO
About Abington Memorial Hospital
Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH) is the flagship hospital of the Abington Health system. Founded in 1914, the Hospital is approaching its 100th year of serving the community. From its humble beginnings of a 48 bed hospital, AMH today includes the only Level II trauma center in Montgomery County, 665 beds, specialty services in oncology, cardiovascular disease, neurosciences, orthopedic and spine treatment and a comprehensive range of services for women and children. Two large outpatient campuses provide access to diagnostic and treatment services for patients from Montgomery, Bucks and parts of Philadelphia county.
Control of AMH rests with its Board of Directors which is comprised of independent civic leaders and other prominent members of the community who volunteer their time and talents. The organization boasts its core value of Patient Safety First and its strong commitment to the communities it serves.
Abington Memorial Hospital is proud to have been one of the first hospitals in Pennsylvania to achieve Magnet designation, the national recognition of nursing excellence. AMH also was awarded the coveted Magnet prize in 2010. For a complete listing of our awards and certifications, click here.
Ensuring Access to Care
AMH is guided by its mission of improving the quality of life for all by fostering healing, easing suffering, and promoting wellness in a culture of safety, learning and respect. As such, the hospital works hard to ensure that all members of the community have access to the care they need.
As a 501©3 tax exempt organization, the Hospital provides medically necessary healthcare services to all individuals in a non-discriminatory manner regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual preference, national origin or ability to pay.
Abington maintains a generous charity care policy providing a significant amount of services without charge or at amounts less than its established rates to patients who are unable to pay for their care. For information about our financial assistance policy, click here.
Through its trauma center, AMH ensures access to care for all persons 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year. The Hospital maintains an open medical staff, with privileges available to all qualified physicians.
A variety of primary care and specialty clinics and programs are available for those who do not have the financial means to access care through a private physician office. For a complete listing of clinics and programs and their locations, click here.
Closing the Gap: Expanding Minority Health Options is a program designed to address the health needs of specific racial and ethnic populations. For information on Closing the Gap programs, click here.
During fiscal year 2011, AMH provided $28,935,363 in charity care and subsidized health services, including unpaid costs of Medicaid.
As a teaching hospital, AMH supports five residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery and dentistry. In addition it provides post graduate medical education in affiliation with several area medical schools. It also operates the Dixon School of Nursing and a radiologic technology school.
The cost of providing health professions education at Abington Memorial Hospital during FY2011 amounted to $20,895,824.
Community Health Improvement
In addition to ensuring access to care and treatment, AMH provides programs and services designed to improve the health of the communities it serves. Health education, prevention programs and screenings help to engage the community and to reduce the incidence of disease and illness.
Blood pressure screenings and heart/stroke, diabetes and falls risk assessments are offered free of charge at a variety of locations throughout the community. Heart healthy cooking, physician lectures, neighborhood walks and a speakers bureau all provide information geared toward healthier living.
Breast health screenings are available for underserved minorities as well as pap tests for underserved women in the Korean community. Screening programs also are offered for memory, depression and skin cancer. For a full listing of our health education calendar of events, click here.
Of special interest to Abington is its geriatric population. The Hospital maintains a geriatric fellowship training program and supports Eldermed, a free senior membership program for people over age 50, and Elderhelp, a free hotline for senior citizens. For more information about these programs, click here.
The Hospital often partners with other healthcare providers, community agencies or schools to provide programs and events that support our mission of improving the health of the community. These include American Red Cross Blood Drives, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, March of Dimes, American Heart Association Heart Walk, Domestic Violence Prevention and many more.
During FY2011 AMH provided $800,528 in community health improvement and community building activities.
As a testament to our community support, more than 998 volunteers from the community contributed 128,352 hours of service to patients and their families at Abington Memorial Hospital representing a contribution of $2,502,864.
Abington Memorial Hospital’s Total Community Benefit calculation for FY2011 is $50,631,715.
We encourage you to learn more about Abington Memorial Hospital, its programs and services at www.amh.org
For a detailed report of the FY2011 IRS 990 report visit www.guidestar.com