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Community Benefit Report

The community benefits plan adopted by UnityPoint Health - Methodist is about improving health; the health of each individual, and the health of the community. In developing the plan, several sources of information were utilized to help identify specific healthcare needs. These sources include Healthy People 2010 and the Peoria city/county Health Department Community Health Needs Assessment among others. The Methodist community benefits plan includes four major goals. The goals, together with the specific initiatives being undertaken by the Medical Center to achieve the goals, are summarized below.

Improve access to high quality healthcare services.

As a charitable organization, the Methodist Medical Center provides care without regard to a person's ability to pay or economic wherewithal. The hospital, physician offices, and outpatient clinics have an open access policy, accepting all patients and all payers. This fact is evidenced by the volume of indigent patients served and by the financial support given to subsidize the care of the uninsured, underinsured and government programs. In 2011, Methodist provided charity care to 947 inpatients and 3,591 outpatients at a cost of $7,179,784 (at cost). Methodist also underwrote $46,823,920 in expenses that were not fully reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid, and wrote off $8,748,287 in bad debts at cost. Historically, Methodist has been the second largest provider of healthcare to the Medicaid population.

As one of the region's largest employers of physicians and mid-level providers, Methodist plays a key role in assuring access to primary care and specialty services. Methodist currently employs 95 physicians and 45 mid-level providers operating out of 33 clinical sites.

Reduce the incidence of disease through prevention and education programs.

Perhaps the greatest opportunity for long-term health improvement is to empower individuals to make informed health decisions through education and to encourage prevention of disease through wellness and early detection. Education is highly correlated to the health status of the population. In general, population groups with the lowest health status are those with the highest poverty rates and the least education. In response, Methodist has partnered with several school districts to integrate healthcare into the schools. For the 2010 - 2011 school year, Methodist's Peoria In-School Health Program alone reported 68,421 student visits at seven program sites. 

Connected to education are individual behaviors that influence health. Methodist offers a variety of programs aimed at behavior modification such as smoking cessation classes, weight loss classes, dietary counseling, and a wellness facility that has a wide array of cardiac and muscle development activities. Other forms of prevention activities include immunizations for both children and older adults. In 2011, Methodist immunized approximately 16,000 individuals in the community, at MMG offices, and amongst our employee populations against influenza. Methodist offers a wide array of community health screenings either free of charge or at little cost. Screenings offered by Methodist include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, ABI, PSA, pulmonary function, and stroke. In all the Methodist Wellness Center screened 23,977 Central Illinois residents during 2011. 

Decrease mortality through chronic disease and population health management

Methodist is focused on reducing mortality through a series of chronic disease management initiatives. Specific objectives for 2011 include:

  • Pilot a medical home within the Methodist Medical Group. 
  • Implement evidenced based protocols to manage heart failure, diabetes, and COPD across the continuum.
  • Develop and deploy a case management infrastructure

Improve the quality of life for the residents of Peoria and the surrounding communities

As Central Illinois' second largest acute care provider, Methodist fully recognizes its responsibility for meeting the healthcare needs of the communities we serve. The Medical Center's corporate responsibility, however, extends well beyond healthcare. Methodist is also the third largest employer in the Peoria metropolitan area and as such has a significant influence on the community's overall quality of life. Unlike many hospitals, Methodist does not use its not-for-profit status as a means to avoid charitable contributions. In 2011, Methodist provided $1,692,782 in financial support to the local community. While much of the financial support goes toward the funding of health-related agencies, other proceeds are earmarked for enhancing the area's quality of life. As an example, Methodist is a major sponsor of Bradley University, United Way, and the Heartland Community Economic Foundation. In addition to Methodist's economic contributions, Methodist's management team is encouraged to get involved in their communities through volunteerism. Every member of the hospital's executive staff serves on at least one civic board. Methodist promotes volunteerism by linking executives to non-profit organizations, and allowing them to volunteer on Methodist's time. Last year (2011) nearly 16,130 volunteer hours were documented. Methodist also plays a key role in the economic development of Peoria. In 2010, Methodist completed construction of a new medical office building, a new hospital entrance, and a new parking deck representing a combined investment of $75 million dollars. 

In 2012, Methodist will continue to invest in the community's quality of life through donations, volunteerism and economic development.

Community Benefits Summary (In Millions)

Charity, Discounted, and Unpaid Health Care.......$15.9
Unfunded Cost of Government Health Plans..........$46.8
Unfunded Cost of Medical Education.......................$1.0
Community Health Programs.....................................$3.2
Sponsorships and Donations........................................$1.7

Total Community Benefits Provided..........................$69.7

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