The Mission Statement of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna underscores the fact that we are here to “extend the healing ministry of Christ.” Nowhere is that calling more evident than the way we accommodate the sick and hurting, regardless of their ability to pay. That’s why comprehensive charity care policies are in place at Emory-Adventist Hospital to address the financial needs of those seeking care in our facility. In addition to our charity policies, we provide many community-based services that contribute to a vibrant and healthy community.
An important component of our mission is assisting individuals who are without health insurance or facing difficult financial circumstances and are unable to pay. In this instance, care is provided when there is no expectation of payment from either the patient or a third party. In 2013 hospital costs for the care of these patients totaled $5,641,506.
Government-Sponsored Health Care
State and federal healthcare reimbursement programs do not cover all the medical needs or costs of patients enrolled in these programs. Unreimbursed costs for Medicare and Medicaid patients totaled $5,742,093.
Community Events & Outreach
The Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna organizes events, like the annual Swing Into Spring Golf Tournament, to raise funds for the hospital. In 2013 more than 100 golfers raised $16,000. The Foundation also raised funds with its annual Holiday Home Tour, silent auction, and Ladies Tea. From these efforts, the Foundation was able to raise more than $113,231 for the purchase of 9 new patient beds for inpatient care at the hospital. A team of 97 volunteers dedicated 10,520 hours valued at $232,912 in benefit for the hospital.
We also worked in conjunction with the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education program. Through this effort, we have adopted Griffin Middle School as our education partner. Throughout 2013, we supported the school with donations of school and medical supplies, sponsored educator events, and held a Christmas gift donation drive through its annual Angel Tree program. We also worked with Campbell High School to provide free sports physicals to more than 380 student athletes.
Community education classes and screenings are an initiative of the hospital. These free classes and low- or no-cost screenings are coordinated by hospital staff and medical professionals. Last year this program saw over 2,046 community attendees, and staff dedicated 205.5 hours, which provided 35 classes and screenings. The hospital also offers convenient language interpretation services. Staff hours totaling 468 were dedicated to the training of nursing students.
In 2013, costs associated with community events and health education totaled $46,758.
Mission & Employee Outreach
As a faith-based facility, our Pastoral Care Department headed several community outreach programs. In addition to being available 24 hours a day, the department works with local nonprofits to determine community needs and to implement programs through the year. This department also has established a web of churches and leaders in its network. Additionally, the hospital held its annual CHRISTmas for the Community and Circle of Prayer events. More than $5,954 was spent putting on these events.
Employees at EAH contributed to the betterment of the community in countless ways. While it is virtually impossible to place a dollar value on the time and talent devoted to community outreach, it is worthy of mention in this report. Some, but not all, efforts included: Assisted Living visitation, clothing and food drives for MUST Ministries, Keep Smyrna Beautiful projects, school supply drives, packing summertime sack lunches for local children, blood drives, and the collection of food and toiletries for senior services.
Total Direct Community Benefits in 2013= $10,771,649.