November 18, 2014

New Report Highlights Significant Ways Florida’s Hospitals Contribute to Local Communities

Tallahassee, FL (Nov. 18, 2014) - From CPR training and children's fitness programs to chronic disease and mental health support, Florida's hospitals are dramatically impacting their local communities, according to the Florida Hospital Association's (FHA) 2014 Community Benefit Report released today. The report outlines direct patient care, as well as resources and education provided locally.

"Florida's hospitals are responding to critical needs in their communities," said Bruce Rueben, FHA president. "In addition to the substantial direct patient care they provide to those in need, hospitals are actively involved in community partnerships, public health initiatives, quality enhancements and community education."

Among the examples outlined in the report are:

  • The Take Heart First Coast hands-only CPR initiative, led by UF Health Jacksonville, which has trained more than 16,000 area residents in CPR in an effort to save 100-200 lives annually.
  • Florida Hospital's Apopka Community Lung Clinic, run by more than 200 volunteer respiratory therapists, nurses and other non-clinical volunteers who are helping those in need access respiratory therapy, case management, free medications and smoking cessation programs.
  • All Children's Hospital's Fit4Kids program, which has helped 1,000 children learn about healthy eating and fitness, resulting in lower blood pressure levels and participants reporting making better food choices and enjoying more physical activity.

According to the 2014 report, hospitals provided $3.5 billion in community benefits. This included:

  • $347 million for medical education, workforce development and research
  • $1.4 billion in charity care, including free or discounted health services to patients unable to pay for all or a portion of their care
  • $1.4 billion in Medicaid and other means-tested government program underpayments, which represent the difference between payments made to hospitals and the actual cost of providing the care
  • $231 million in community health improvement programs, such as subsidized health services and contributions to community health organizations
  • $47 million in community building activities, which include economic development, environmental improvements, and other benefits

The report is based on data from the Internal Revenue Service, Schedule H Form 990 and Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Florida Uniform Reporting System (FHURS), and reflects community benefit provided in 2012.

View the full report online.

About the Florida Hospital Association
Florida Hospital Association is comprised of 238 hospitals and health systems from across the state. Through representation and advocacy, education, and informational services, we support the mission of our members to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. For more information, visit www.fha.org.