Scripps Health invested $372.6 million into community benefit programs that served some of the neediest populations in San Diego County during fiscal year 2014, according to a recently released report. Scripps community benefit programs accounted for 15.5 percent of the system’s operating expenses.
The nonprofit health system recently released its 2015 Community Benefit Report detailing its community benefit activities for fiscal year 2014 (October 2013 through September 2014). A copy of the report is available online at www.scripps.org/communitybenefit (PDF, 8.4 MB).
Scripps cares for some of the neediest people in San Diego County, often at low to no cost. While the largest portion of its community benefit efforts throughout San Diego County went toward uncompensated care ($321.73 million), Scripps also invested in training for new physicians, health screenings for underserved populations, wellness services for seniors, care for homeless people, healthy cooking classes and other important community needs through its five hospital campuses across the region.
“Scripps is proud to continue its strong commitment to the San Diego community,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “Today, more than 16,000 employees, physicians and volunteers continue to build on our rich history and keep the spirit of community service alive by going well beyond the call of duty in providing charity care, educational programs, health screenings and other much-needed services.”
In 2014, Scripps provided hospital services to one-quarter of the county’s uninsured patient population.
Uncompensated care for 2014 included $259.15 million in under-reimbursed care (underpayment from Medi-Cal, Medicare and other government programs), $47.96 million in charity care (for people without insurance who did not qualify for government assistance) and $14.6 million in bad debt (failure to pay by patients whose health care was not classified as charity care).
Scripps also invested $36.25 million in professional education and health research. This included $15.2 million for graduate medical education programs at Scripps Green, Scripps Mercy and the Scripps Mercy Family Medicine Residency and $15 million for health research, primarily at Scripps Clinical Research Services, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, Scripps Genomic Medicine and Scripps Translational Science Institute
Scripps devoted $14.64 million to community health services, subsidized health services and as cash and in-kind contributions in support of community building activities and prevention and wellness programs such as cardiac screenings, diabetes education, cancer support groups and health and wellness events.
Scripps Health employees and affiliated physicians collectively volunteered 7,529 hours in support of Scripps-sponsored community benefit programs, the equivalent of nearly $347,984 in volunteer labor. (Volunteer hours are mentioned in the report but are not part of the community benefit total).
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 2015 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 care services, hospice care, wellness centers and clinics.
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