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 2010 hospital costs for the care of these patients totaled $5,892,471.
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 $4,829,664.
Community Events/Health Education
Can a good game of golf benefit the community? It can if it’s played at the annual “Swing into Spring” Golf Tournament! In 2010 more than 104 golfers played in the event. The tournament is sponsored by the hospital’s Foundation, with the proceeds benefiting projects and improvements at Emory-Adventist Hospital.
Our hospital also participates in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce “Partner in Education” program. We have adopted Griffin Middle School as our education partner and throughout the school year offer our assistance and support in a variety of ways, including donating school supplies, subsidizing special projects, and having an "Angel Tree" at Christmas.
Emory-Adventist Hospital sponsors an ongoing community education program, featuring free health-related seminars conducted by medical professionals, as well as discounted or free screenings. The screenings include cholesterol, bone density, thyroid function, foot screenings, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, and more. In 2010, over 1,200 people took advantage of these screenings and seminars.
Our senior program, “Good as Gold,” meets monthly and offers free screenings and health lectures for our community’s seniors with no membership fee. Additional services benefiting the community include pastoral care and language interpretation services, both of which are available 24/7.
In 2010 costs associated with community support/health education totaled $49,514.
Employees at Emory-Adventist Hospital are encouraged to participate in community events. In 2010 our employees 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, school supply drive, blood drives, collection of used eyewear for Blind and Low Vision, and the collection of food/toiletries for senior services.
Total Direct Community Benefits in 2010 = $10,771,649.