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Community Benefit Report 2017
Abington – Jefferson Health assesses health needs of the community
The Health Care Reform 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 Health Reform 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. AJH completed its first CHNA in 2013 and concluded work on the identified needs through related implementation plans in June of 2016.
In March 2016 AJH completed and published the 2016-19 Community Health Needs Assessment. A three- year implementation plan was completed and approved in June 2016, and addresses the following most important priority health needs for the population of the Abington Community Benefit areas:
- Mental Health Services
- Social and Health Care Needs of Older Adults
- Alcohol/ Substance Abuse
- Women's Cancer
- Chronic Disease Management (diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, stroke, asthma)
- Colon Cancer
- Health Education, Social Services and Regular Source of Care
Full copies of the 2013 and 2016 Needs Assessments and related implementation plans are available at Jefferson.edu/Abington.
Overall Community Benefit:
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In fiscal year 2017, Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health (AH) provided over $70 million dollars in community benefit; Abington – Lansdale Hospital (ALH) provided over $5.1 million dollars in community benefit.
Financial Assistance/Subsidized Health Services
In fiscal year 2017, AH provided over $43.7 million dollars in financial assistance and subsidized health services for the members of its community. During that same period, ALH provided more than $4.2 million dollars in uninsured and underinsured health services.
Health Education and Screenings
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. During fiscal year 2017, AH provided more than $2.8 million and ALH provided over $937,000 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 2017 AH provided over $23.4 million dollars in medical education programs.
Abington Jefferson Health conducts/opens more than 100 clinical research studies each year. The Center for Clinical Research facilitates all of Abington’s ongoing research endeavors. In fiscal year 2017 more than $100,000 dollars was spent in research initiatives.
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.