Knoxville Hospital & Clinics provides $1.9 million in community benefits to Knoxville, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount, based on 2011 figures, includes $1.6 million in uncompensated care such as charity care, bad debt and unpaid costs of Medicaid.
Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.
The results for Knoxville Hospital & Clinics are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2012 valued at nearly $1.6 billion, including more than $641 million in charity care. All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.
“Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is committed to serving our community, supporting health and wellness for everyone,” said Kevin Kincaid, Chief Executive Officer at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. “In previous years, it has been very apparent that our community, state and country continue to face very difficult financial times. It remains evermore important that we not lose sight of the importance of fundamental healthcare needs for everyone and we continue to tackle the challenges and help improve the lives of individuals, families and the whole community.”
The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of individual communities as well as entire counties and regions. Many of these programs and services simply would not exist without hospital support and leadership, said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris.
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