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Community benefit and engagement: Annual report
This 24-page report highlights the partnerships and investments Allina Health has made to connect with our communities to fulfill our mission.
At Allina Health, we believe health care is more than just treating people when they are sick. We are committed to improving community health and helping people to live healthier lives.
As a trusted and compassionate partner, Allina Health ensures community benefit and engagement is an integral part of our culture and strategic plan. We invest in these efforts, not because we have to, but because we believe in them.
Engaging communities and improving health in 2012
In 2012, Allina Health contributed more than $200 million to improving the health of those we serve in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and beyond.
"We do this by connecting with patients, families, neighbors, schools and other organizations to creatively address public health and wellness challenges," says Ellie Zuehlke, director of community benefit and engagement.
In 2012, Allina Health community contributions included community benefit costs (as defined by CHA and VHA guidelines) and valued community contributions.
Community benefit costs: The total cost community benefit was $200.2 million. That sum involves these investments (dollars in thousands):
Valued community contributions: The total value of community contributions made in 2012 was $478.1 million. That sum involves the following (dollars in thousands):
For more details, read the 2012 Allina Health community benefit and engagement report.
What happens when Allina Health connects to the community?
This video gives a snapshot of how health improves when volunteers unite, communities engage, money is raised, care improves, students learn, global neighbors benefit, and more.
This 23-page report highlights the programs, partnerships and investments made to improve the health of our communities in 2011.
Allina Health in the community: 2011
Good health begins at home, in schools and in the workplace where people shape their own lives and the lives of their families.
And that's where we can truly make a difference in helping people prevent injury, illness and disease.
From the generous outpouring of support provided by more than 24,000 Allina Health employees to programs aimed at improving health and wellness, we're changing the way we connect with people.
"We're engaging with our communities like never before," said Ellie Zuehlke, director of Community Benefit and Engagement. "These partnerships are helping to pave the way to healthier communities now and in the future."
Community benefit is a planned, coordinated and measured organizational approach to identify and respond to the health needs of our community.
"As a not-for profit organization, the health of the communities in which we operate is essential to the Allina Health mission and strategy," says Penny Wheeler, MD, chief clinical officer, Allina Health.
In 2011, Allina Health provided more than $34.6 million in charity care. "That's care for people without ability to pay for health services, and it doesn't include the $60.4 million spent to cover costs in excess of Medicaid payments and surcharges," Ellie Zuehlke, Community Benefit and Engagement director.
Additional community contributions Allina Health made include:
When adding in other costs and discounts for patients who don't have health insurance, the total value of the community benefit exceeds $528 million.
For more details, see page 22: 2011 Annual Report: Allina Health in the Community.
Allina Hospitals & Clinics changed its name to Allina Health to better reflect what we do to keep people healthy.