In FY 2010, Via Christi Health provided $82.8 million in community benefit to the communities it serves. This includes more than $48.5 million in traditional charity care and nearly $17.1 million in unpaid costs of Medicaid services. Via Christi Health provided another $17.2 million worth of community benefit through other initiatives including:
- Nearly $1.5 million in subsidized health services provided by our specialty and family practice clinics, our behavioral health services facilities and other subsidized health services
- $11.7 million to train physicians, nurses and other health professionals
$4 million in other community benefit services such as support of community clinics, health screenings, research, community building activities and donations of space to community organizations
Community Health Assessments
Serving as a healing presence with special concern for our neighbors who are vulnerable is central to Via Christi Health's Mission. To do this, we must understand the health needs of each community in which we are privileged to serve and develop a deliberate approach to address those needs. We have worked with health care professionals, religious leaders, social service providers and others in Manhattan/Wamego, Pittsburg and Wichita to develop community health assessments.
Total Community Benefit: $6.4 million including $4.6 million in traditional charity care
With the support of Mercy Regional Health Center, the Flint Hills Community Clinic opened in 2005 to serve the growing number of uninsured in Riley County. Mercy provides salary support for two coordinators for the clinic and covers the cost of lab work and radiology. Since 2005, the clinic has had more than 7,100 visits from area residents.
- Wamego City Hospital provides lab, X-ray and other services to support Community Health Ministries which provides a medical and dental clinic, prescription assistance, family counseling and other services.
- Mercy Regional Health Center's Pre-professional program provided educational shadowing experiences to 199 students to help them narrow their field of study in health care.
Total Community Benefit: $8.1 million including $6.6 million in traditional charity care
Since 1992, Via Christi Hospital's CareVan has traveled nearly 3.5 million miles and transported 259,000 passengers. The primary source of medical transportation for the ill and those with disabilities, the van also serves those who lack transportation or are unable to drive.
- Via Christi Hospital's Wellness on Wheels van acts as a medical outreach to 1,100 residents a year, and travels approximately 14,000 miles to 13 counties. In 2010, the hospital made $350,000 in upgrades to the van including digital mammography and a broader array of services.
- Pittsburg Meals on Wheels, Inc. has served elderly and homebound residents over age 60 for more than 25 years. Via Christi Hospital prepares the meals which are delivered and served to 50 to 75 residents of Pittsburg, Chicopee and Opolis.
Total Community Benefit: $68 million including $37.3 million in traditional charity care
Via Christi Immediate Care, Mother Mary Anne is a cost-effective, after-hours and weekend immediate-care clinic for uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid patients. Located just north of the Emergency Department at Via Christi Hospital on East Harry, the clinic served nearly 7,700 individuals in 2010. The $100 average cost of a visit compares to $600 for a visit to the ER.
- Via Christi Hospitals and the Catholic Diocese of Wichita have operated the School Nurse Program since 1998. In the 2009-2010 school year the program reached 9,000 primarily inner-city students, monitoring immunization compliance, providing health screenings such as vision and hearing, partnering with the Sedgwick County Health Department for dental screenings and with Grace Med Clinic to provide dental cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments.
- Gerard House provides a safe, caring, supportive home for women choosing to give birth as they decide whether to keep and raise their children or place them with adoptive couples.
Additional Community Benefit: Via Christi Village in Ponca City - $167,411, St. John's in Hays and Victoria - $75,320
*Numbers are rounded and, hence, do not add up to $82.8 million.
*In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Catholic Health Association, Via Christi Health reports all of its community benefit at cost. Bad debt and the unpaid costs of Medicare services are not included.