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St. Anthony Community Benefit Totals $3,310,907

Thursday, 26 July 2012

That amount, based on 2011 figures, includes $587,000 in uncompensated care and $2,723,744 in  free or discounted community benefits that St. Anthony specifically implemented to help residents in Carroll and the surrounding area.

Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care.  Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs, and community education.

The results for St. Anthony are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2011 valued at more than $1.4 billion.  All of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.

“St. Anthony continues to provide services and programs for the benefit of the residents of the Carroll area. Patients received services such as diabetes care, mental health services, Meals on Wheels, dialysis, cardiac rehab, wellness programs, and health education at a value beyond reimbursements in 2011,” said Ed Smith, Interim CEO.  “St. Anthony’s mission, which is guided by our Franciscan heritage, is to provide healthcare based on the needs of our community.  St. Anthony has always provided this care without regard to patients’ ability to pay.”

Meanwhile, Medicare and Medicaid, which represent about 60 percent of all hospital revenue in Iowa, created approximately $274 million in losses for the state’s hospitals during 2011.  St. Anthony lost $4,345,731 to Medicare and $938,897 to Medicaid in 2011.

St. Anthony has not been immune to recent economic conditions, and has experienced the shift of patients becoming more responsible for their healthcare expenses as a result of insurers implementing higher deductibles and co-payments, or, as many have experienced, the loss of personal or family healthcare coverage. At the same time, Iowa hospitals continue implement strategies that increase value to their patients and communities.  Iowa hospitals have long had a track record of seeking out ways to reduce waste, increase safety, and deliver healthcare efficiently, making them the leaders in providing value in the health industry.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401