Scripps Health, through Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, invested $47.7 million into community benefit programs and services in coastal North County during fiscal year 2013, according to a recently released report.
While the largest portion of its community benefit efforts in coastal North County went toward uncompensated care ($47.1 million), Scripps also invested in training for new physicians, health screenings, health education, support groups, blood drives and other important community needs through Scripps Encinitas.
“Scripps is proud to continue its legacy of making a vital and measurable difference in our community,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “We commend our physicians, employees and volunteers for going well beyond the call of duty in providing charity care, educational programs, health screenings and other much-needed services.”
Scripps cares for some of the neediest people in San Diego County, often at low to no cost. In 2013, Scripps provided hospital services to one-quarter of the county’s uninsured patient population.
The nonprofit health system recently released its 2014 Community Benefit Report detailing its community benefit activities for fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 through September 2013).
Across San Diego County, Scripps Health invested $355 million into community benefit programs and services during fiscal year 2013. Community benefit programs and services accounted for nearly 15 percent of the health system’s operating expenses. A copy of the report is available online at www.scripps.org/communitybenefit.
Meeting community needs in North County
At Scripps Encinitas, uncompensated care for 2013 included $41.7 million in under-reimbursed care (underpayment from Medi-Cal, Medicare and other government programs); $4.65 million in charity care (for people without insurance who did not qualify for government assistance); and $791,000 in bad debt (failure to pay by patients whose health care was not classified as charity care).
Scripps Encinitas also invested $370,140 in professional education and health research. It devoted $184,870 toward community health services, including community building activities such as the Young Leaders in Health Care for high school students, and prevention and wellness programs such as breast cancer, stroke and brain injury support groups.
Meeting community needs in San Diego County
Scripps collaborates with other health systems, community groups and government agencies, as well as business and grassroots organizations to serve the greatest patient population needs and prioritize investments in the health and well-being of the community.
The 2014 Community Benefit Report is the system’s annual response to Senate Bill 697, a 1994 state law that requires private, nonprofit hospitals to document the full range of community benefits they provide on a yearly basis. Scripps takes this legislative requirement a step further by incorporating community benefit activities from throughout the system, including Scripps’ five acute-care hospital campuses, home health services, wellness centers and clinics.