Community Benefit


Memorial Health System Community Benefit Annual Report

As a not-for-profit, community owned healthcare organization, we take seriously the responsibility entrusted to us. Our mission guides us as we help the people and communities we serve. It is a mission that we live out in a variety of ways.

We recognize our responsibility for providing the highest quality healthcare, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Passavant provides important and meaningful resources to help ensure that those who are without health insurance receive the care they need when confronted with illness or injury.

We also recognize that unfortunate occasions arise when patients are not able to pay for their medical care and are not eligible for federal or state medical assistance programs. Through our charity care program, Passavant provides financial assistance to patients unable to pay for their medical services.

As a tax-exempt organization, the Passavant staff also returns benefits to our communities through many community service projects, as well as health education and prevention initiatives.

In all, Passavant provided $15.2 million in community benefits to the citizens of Morgan, Cass, Greene, Scott, Macoupin counties, and portions of Brown and northern Pike counties in FY2016. That total includes $10.3 million in unpaid Medicaid, $1.2 million in patient financial assistance, and $3.7 million in other community programs.

Impacting Community Health: 2016 Community Health Need Assessment Implementation Strategies
Fiscal year 2016 was the first year of work on three-year strategies developed by Memorial Health System’s four hospitals to address community health priorities. In 2015, each hospital completed a community health need assessment in collaboration with county health departments in Sangamon, Logan, Morgan, and Christian counties, as well as other health and social service providers who represented vulnerable members of the community.

Detailed information on Passavant’s community health need assessment and outcomes of the implementation strategies is available here.

Passavant 2016-2018 Priorities
•  Access to Care
• Mental Health
• Obesity

 

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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