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SCL Health System Announces More Than $250 Million in Community Benefit Support for 2012

June 24, 2013

Contribution touched more than 197,500 lives 

Media Contact:
SCL Health System  
Cheston Turbyfill, Director, Public Affairs  

DENVER — (June 21, 2013) – SCL Health System, a faith-based, nonprofit organization, today reported $252.7 million in community benefit for 2012, a 15.8 percent increase from the previous year. SCLHS’s healing ministry contributed more than $98.4 million in charity care at cost to communities in California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana equating to more than $260,000 per day. 

“Our health ministry was founded upon the principle to serve the poor and vulnerable in our communities,” said Michael Slubowski, FACHE, FACMPE, President and CEO of SCL Health System. “As the American health care system continues to evolve and respond to change, I am incredibly proud of our legacy and ongoing commitment to provide care and service to those who need it most.”

Community benefit encompasses more than unreimbursed charity care to include education, wellness and community health improvement services. These initiatives not only impact those who may lack access to care, but seek to support the overall health of individuals, families and communities across four states.

The 2012 SCL Health System community benefit amount includes the cost of charity care and unreimbursed services to patients covered by Medicaid, as well as other direct spending.
Specific benefits include:

• $35 million — subsidized health services
• $23 million — health professions education
• $7 million — community health improvement services
• $3 million — community building activities
• $4 million — donations
• $1 million — research

“Our service has evolved from caring for the poor and sick on the frontier to impacting lives through chronic disease management and other education and community health programs beyond our hospital walls,” said Terry Weinburger, Senior Vice President of Mission Integration for SCL Health System. “We must always continue to do more to strengthen the fabric of our communities, in addition to offering health services and charity care at our hospitals and clinics.”   

This marks the seventh consecutive year SCL Health System’s community benefit contributions have increased. Total community benefit increased almost 16 percent compared to 2011. More than 197,500 lives were touched by community health programs and services in communities spanning four states.  

About SCL Health System
SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating nine hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 160 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.

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