The cover of the 2011 Annual Report: Allina Health in the Community

2011 Annual Report: Allina Health in the Community

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:

  • MinnesotaCare tax: $38.6 million: Allina Health helps fund health insurance for uninsured Minnesotans.
  • Community services: $7.7 million: This includes safe community initiatives, such as placing automated external defibrillators in public places to help save lives during sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Education and workforce development: $20.6 million: Allina Health helps train tomorrow's health care workers through residencies and other programs.
  • Research: $7.5 million: Through the Division of Applied Research and other clinical research, we work to improve illness prevention and treatment.
  • Cash and in-kind donations: $3.9 million. In one example, last year, beds and equipment were shipped to a Ugandan sister hospital.
  • Community building: $800,000: This includes efforts that strengthen the overall health of communities.

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.