Sending a diabetes educator to a school to educate the staff about the needs of a newly-diagnosed child, advocating for a concussion law to protect Ohio’s young athletes, helping to educate the pediatricians of the future, and never turning a child away because of inability to pay are just a few of ways Akron Children’s Hospital contributed to the community in 2012.
In a recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service, Akron Children’s reported community benefits totaling more than $107.3 million in 2012. This represents a 25 percent increase over the hospital’s 2011 community benefit total of $85.5 million.
“Community benefit is the measure of the investments Akron Children’s makes in the well-being of children, as well as the positive impact we have in the communities we serve,” said Bernett L. Williams, vice president for external affairs.
Akron Children’s 2012 Community Benefit Report, which can be viewed at www.akronchildrens.org/community, features a few of the many programs and services that qualify as community benefits.
One department highlighted is the hospital’s Locust Pediatric Group, which specializes in high need, underserved groups such as foster children, refugees, children with complex medical problems and the urban poor. Dr. Cooper White and his team have collaborated with other local resources to help families tackle problems related to housing, education, access to benefits and domestic issues that impact their children’s health. Other community collaborations focus on maximizing resources for Akron’s growing refugee population and helping overweight and obese minority children and their families make lifestyle changes to ensure a healthier future.
Of the $107.3 million in total community benefits, Akron Children’s reported $92.4 million in unreimbursed Medicaid and uncompensated care; $3.6 million in research, advocacy and community partnerships; $6 million in health professional education; and $5.3 million in community programs and services, such as injury prevention and wellness initiatives.
“As a hospital, we place a priority on community needs,” adds Williams. “We want to make a difference. The back pages of our report include an impressive listing of programs as varied as support groups, camps for children with chronic conditions, and services that show the breadth and depth of our advocacy and educational efforts. We take great pride in these programs, especially knowing the lives we touch through them.”
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