Community Benefit Report
Abington Health is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all by fostering healing, easing suffering, and promoting wellness in a culture of safety, learning and respect.
Abington Health will be the most trusted healthcare partner, consistently exceeding expectations for care, comfort and communication.
Introducing Abington Health
Abington Health is the umbrella organization that encompasses its flagship hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington, and Lansdale Hospital, in Hatfield Township. Abington Health also includes two convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center – Schilling Campus in Willow Grove and Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus in Bucks County. Together these facilities serve more than 39,000 inpatients, 134,000 emergency visits and over 653,000 outpatient visits annually.
Also included is Abington Health Physicians, a network of employed primary care and specialty physicians. All told, the medical staffs at the two hospitals consist of more than 1,400 primary care physicians and medical, surgical and dental specialists, as well as over 125 physicians-in-training within five residency programs.
Abington Health employs more than 6,000 employees, making it one of the largest employers in Montgomery County.
Community Benefit: Our Commitment to Our Communities
Abington Health (AH) and its two hospitals, Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH) and Lansdale Hospital (LH), are nonprofit, 501©3 tax exempt healthcare organizations. As a tax exempt organization, AH fulfills its responsibility to the community through programs or activities that provide care and treatment and promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. AH’s 2011 Community Benefit Reports include information about the contribution made to the communities it serves, including charity care, education of health professionals, subsidized health services, prevention and screening programs, research, and in-kind services and grants. We also include information about programs and services offered in partnership with community agencies and organizations that make a significant difference in meeting the healthcare needs of the vulnerable and underserved individuals in our community.
Defining Community Benefit
Community Benefit is more than charity care. While it does include charity care and other means-tested program shortfalls, Community Benefit refers to a wide range of activities designed to improve or sustain good health for community residents. Generally, Community Benefit meets at least one of the following objectives: improving access to health services; enhancing public health, advancing knowledge and relieving government burden. Abington Health takes its role in meeting the health needs of the community seriously, and works to address all of these areas everyday.
Abington Health’s Financial Assistance Policy
Guided by its mission and vision, Abington Health maintains a generous financial assistance policy. Consequently, many services are provided without charge or at amounts less than its established rates for patients who are unable to pay. For details regarding Abington’s financial assistance program, visit the Financial Assistance Policy webpage.
Ensuring Access to Care
Community members who do not have the financial means to access care through a private physician office can take advantage of several clinics and services throughout the Abington Health network. In addition to maintaining emergency services 24/7 at each of the hospitals, centers offering primary and specialty care, dental services, prenatal and obstetrical programs, and newborn care all are available for patients throughout the service area. Outpatient psychiatric services provide comprehensive evaluations, medication management and therapy for children, adults and adolescents. For details regarding clinic programs, and their locations, visit the Abington Health Clinics webpage.
Closing the Gap: Expanding Minority Health Options
In 2004, in response to a national call to action to address the health needs of specific racial and ethnic populations, Abington launched Closing the Gap. This initiative is designed to reach populations who experience persistent gaps in healthcare and health outcomes and who are affected by the unequal incidence of a number of illnesses and diseases. Programs include health screenings and targeted prevention programs with particular focus on outreach in churches, synagogues and temples throughout the service area. Caregivers exhibit particular expertise in cultural competency and sensitivity. Interpreters remove language barriers to help ensure appropriate communication, and accommodations are made for dietary restrictions and preferences. Specific information regarding our Closing the Gap outreach for FY2011 is posted on the individual hospital community benefit reports. (See "FY 2011 Community Benefit Report" links below).
We invite you to read more detailed reports of community benefit activity at each of our hospitals by clicking on the links below. Or, for a full review of the FY2011 990 filings visit www.guidestar.com