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Community Benefit Report 2020

Abington – Jefferson Health assesses health needs of the community

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that every three years tax-exempt hospitals must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and implement strategies to address priority needs. The Affordable Care Act spells out requirements for the CHNA; a disciplined approach to collecting, analyzing, and using data, including community input, to identify barriers to the health and well-being of its residents and communities, leading to the development of goals and targeted action plans to achieve those goals. This assessment is central to an organization’s community benefit/social accountability plan. By determining and examining the service needs and gaps in a community, an organization can develop responses to address them.

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health (AH) , Abington – Lansdale Hospital (ALH) and their parent organization, Abington – Jefferson Health (AJH), are non-profit 501©3 organizations with a strong mission of community service and outreach, aligning with the Mission of Abington – Jefferson Health: We Improve Lives. Abington – Jefferson Health works to create the healthiest possible community by orchestrating targeted outreach for maximum community benefit while reducing health disparities. To date, AJH has completed two CHNA’s, in 2013and 2016, as well as concluded work on the identified needs through related implementation plans.  Full copies of the 2013 and 2016 Needs Assessments and related implementation plans are available at Jefferson.edu/Abington.

In 2019, Abington Jefferson Health completed its third Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).  The process for this CHNA was unique from previous processes, in that Abington Jefferson Health collaborated with 16 other health systems in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties to produce the Southeastern Pennsylvania Community Health Needs Assessment.  This effort was lead and facilitated by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF). Together the steering committee of the partnering health systems developed a collaborative, community engaged approach that involved collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and aggregating data from a variety of secondary sources to comprehensively assess the health status of the region.

The following Community Health Priorities were identified in their order of priority:

  • Substance Abuse/Opioid Use and Abuse
  • Behavioral Health Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Access to Affordable Primary/Preventive Care
  • Healthcare and Health Resource Navigation
  • Access to Affordable Specialty Care
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Food Access and Affordability
  • Affordable and Healthy Housing
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Linguistically and Culturally Appropriate Healthcare
  • Maternal Morbidity and Mortality
  • Socioeconomic Disadvantage (Income, Education and Employment)
  • Community Violence
  • Racism and Discrimination in Healthcare Settings
  • Neighborhood Conditions (e.g. Blight, Greenspace, Recreation, etc.)
  • Homelessness

In order to maximize the resources available to the Hospital, the senior leadership of Abington Jefferson Health (AJH) has chosen to specifically address the first seven priorities listed:

  • Substance Abuse/Opioid Use and Abuse
  • Behavioral Health Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Access to Affordable Primary/Preventive Care
  • Healthcare and Health Resource Navigation
  • Access to Affordable Specialty Care
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Food Access and Affordability

Community Health Implementation Plans (CHIP) have been developed and implemented to address these priorities for both Abington Hospital and Abington-Lansdale Hospital. Full copies of the 2019 CHNA and CHNA implementation plans are available at Jefferson.edu/Abington.

Overall Community Benefit: Giving Back to Our Community

In fiscal year 2019, Abington Hospital- Jefferson Health (AH) provided over $83.2 million dollars in community benefit; Abington- Lansdale Hospital (ALH) provided over $6.2 million dollars in community benefit.

Financial Assistance/Subsidized Health Services

In fiscal year 2019, AH provided over $56.8 million dollars in financial assistance and subsidized health services for the members of its community.  During that same period, ALH provided more than $5.1 million dollars in uninsured and underinsured health services.

Health Education and Screenings

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AH and ALH provide many free or low cost programs throughout the year designed to educate the community regarding health risk factors or to support early detection through health screenings.  In addition, AH and ALH collaborate with many community organizations to support community health improvement initiatives During fiscal year 2019, AH provided more than $2 million dollars and ALH provided over $972,000 dollars in free health education, screenings, in-kind donations and other community support.

Preparing Our Future Healthcare Providers

As a teaching hospital, Abington Hospital educates many physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals.  The Hospital maintains residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery and dentistry.  In fiscal year, 2019 AH provided over $24.3 million dollars and ALH provided over $119,000 dollars in medical education programs.

Learn More

Detailed reports of community benefit activity at both Abington Hospital and Abington Lansdale Hospital, as well as the Community Health Needs Assessments and Action Plans are available at Jefferson.edu/Abington. 

For complete information on Abington’s general financial assistance policy visit Jefferson.edu/Abington.