Akron Children’s Hospital reports $85.5 million in community benefits in 2011

Akron Children's reports $85.5 million in community benefits

Dr. John McBride with asthma patient Martez Moorer and his mom


Conducting research to grow ear cartilage, providing medical education to a resident who went on to become a pediatrician, helping a toddler manage his asthma and providing language interpretation for a family that immigrated from Burma are just some of the ways Akron Children’s Hospital contributed to the community in 2011.

In a recent filing with the IRS, Akron Children’s reported community benefits totaling more than $85.5 million in 2011. That's an 18 percent increase over last year, largely due to the increased costs to provide care to Medicaid patients and patient families who are unable to pay for all or part of their care.

“This is the essence of what Akron Children’s Hospital is all about,“ said Bernett Williams, vice president for external affairs. “Our community benefit activities align with our mission to treat every child, regardless of financial circumstance. Beyond our primary mission, we are fully engaged in activities to foster sustainable change in the communities we call home.”

Of the $85.5 million in community benefits, Akron Children’s reported:

Akron Children’s community benefits are directed by a 2010 community health assessment, a survey of more than 1.3 million people who live in Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties, in conjunction with Akron General Health System and Summa Health System.

Looking ahead to 2013, Akron Children’s will once again collaborate with Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System on a comprehensive community health needs assessment.

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