Greenville Health System uses guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) that will allow for equitable comparisons of community benefits among healthcare institutions. In recognizing the importance of community outreach in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents in the region, GHS offered support in a variety of ways during Fiscal Year 2013 (October 2012 through September 2013):
To help meet the medical needs of upstate citizens who have no healthcare coverage and cannot afford to pay for healthcare services, GHS provided more than $110 million in charity and government-sponsored healthcare (at cost) in Fiscal Year 2013.
Community benefit programs encompass community health services, education of health professionals, subsidized health services, research, and financial and in-kind contributions. In addition to offering health fairs, screenings and information sessions, GHS works with community groups and educational institutions to train healthcare workers and to ensure access to basic medical services for everyone.
|Charity and Government-sponsored Healthcare Services||$110.7 million|
|Support to the Community and Community Health Partners||$68.0 million|
|Benefits Recognized by CHA||$178.7 million|
Medicare shortfall and bad debt (at cost) also are benefits that the health system provides. The Medicare shortfall represents $108.9 million of unpaid costs when reimbursement falls short of the actual cost of care. Bad debt, which totaled $53.2 million, occurs when patients are unwilling or unable to pay for services and do not seek charity care.
|Medicare Shortfall||$108.9 million|
|Bad Debt||$53.2 million|
|Additional Benefits Recognized by American Hospital Association||$162.1 million|
|Total Quantifiable Community Benefit||$340.8 million|
The GHS Players debuted the system’s second commissioned play—Window Pains by local playwright Anne Pecaro—as a novel way to eavesdrop on the health issues facing the unsuspecting neighbors of busybody Virginia Lamb. Employees primarily make up the cast, and a panel discussion featuring physicians follows the performance. Approximately 250 people attended opening night at The Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre in September. More free performances are being booked across the Upstate in the coming months.
This annual health and cancer screening initiative, in partnership with GHS’ Cancer Institute and Summit Media Group (107.3 JAMZ), promotes early detection, awareness and cancer prevention among minorities and underserved populations. More than 400 individuals and families participated—the largest screening ever, with 123 prostate and 95 clinical breast exams conducted. Screenings took place at Greenville’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center and were led by the Cancer Institute. In addition, 30+ community health organizations provided blood pressure checks, dental exams, disease risk assessments, and access to mammograms and other health services.
The Peace House, a hospitality home for patients and families in extended rehabilitation therapy at GHS’ Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, opened in the spring of 2013. Its emphasis is on serving residents, especially wounded warriors, living outside a 25-mile radius of the hospital who require extensive rehabilitation—such as for stroke, brain injury or amputation. The home can accommodate six families and is located less than a mile from Roger C. Peace. Thanks to community support, an overnight stay costs only $10.