443939-Community Benefit Report 2013 - page 34-35

Community Benefit/Community Building
Spotlight
St.Vincent Mercy’s Rural andUrban Access to
HealthConnects CommunitywithResources
As part of its commitment to 100% access,
St.Vincent Mercy is one of eight St.Vincent Health
ministries that participate in Rural and Urban
Access toHealth (RUAH), a community-based care
coordination program. Effective care coordination
provides a strategy for addressing certain social
determinants of healthby assuringbarriers to care
are addressed and individuals are connected to
critical preventionand treatment services.
Central to the program are health access workers
whose roles are to connect each hospital to its
communitybyhelping individuals addressbarriers
toaccessinghealthcare,andreferring them toother
localresourcesasneeded.Eachhealthaccessworker
assists individuals with finding a medical home;
applying for public programs such as Medicaid,
food stamps and theHealthy Indiana Plan; and in
assessing needs so referrals can bemade for other
forms of community-based assistance. The health
accessworkeralsoadvocates for clientswith service
providers and serves as a systemnavigator.
RUAHoutcomes aremeasuredusing the Pathways
Model with five defined pathways/protocols
(enrollment, medical home, pregnancy, medical
referral and social services) as ameans of tracking
interventionsand improvingaccountability toward
positive measurable changes in patients’ lives.
During fiscal year 2013, the full time St.Vincent
Mercy health access worker opened 263 pathways
and completed 189 pathways. In addition to care
coordination, RUAH assists patients who meet
income guidelines in obtaining free or reduced-
costprescriptiondrugs. St.VincentMercyemployed
a part-time medication access coordinator who
tracks eligibility and requirements that vary by
pharmaceutical company and by medication.
In 2013, St.Vincent Mercy’s medication access
coordinator helpedpatients obtain a total of 1,064
medications for which the averagewholesale price
totaled$634,777.
SelectedCommunity Benefit/Community
Building Initiatives
HealthProfessions Education
St.Vincent Mercy provides an optimal setting for
rural health training. During 2013, students from
Originally founded in 1926by theSisters
of St. Joseph, St.VincentMercyHospital is
a25-bedcritical accesshospital, providing
healthcare services toElwoodand
surroundingcommunities. St.VincentMercy
Hospital provides a full rangeof healthcare
services includingcancer care, diabetes
care, emergencycare, immediatecare,
medical imaging,mental andbehavioral
health, outpatient services, rehabilitation
services, surgeryandwomen’s health.
Purdue University were provided experience in a
clinical settingwithin thePharmacyDepartment.
Student Training
St.Vincent Mercy provides an introduction to
healthcare professions for local high school
students.Thesestudents receivedabroadoverview
of the hospital and spent time mentoring in the
Pharmacy andPhysical Therapydepartments.
Health Fairs and Screenings
St.Vincent Mercy sponsors several health fairs
and screening events each year. Participants
can be tested for blood pressure, cholesterol,
glucose, balance testing, hearing screening, cancer
screenings including head, neck, skin, cervical
andprostate; andmore at lowor no cost.
CommunityHealthNeeds Assessment and
Implementation Strategies
Duringfiscal year2013, St.VincentMercyHospital
conductedaCommunityHealthNeedsAssessment
and approved implementation strategies to
address priorities. Additional information
about this process is found in the
Planning and
Developing Community Health Needs Assessments
and Implementation Strategies
sectionof this report.
These reports areavailable for viewanddownload
at:
.
2014-2016Priorities:
Jobs/EconomicDevelopment
Substance/DrugAbuse
CancerCare
Cancer Care
TobaccoPrevention/Cessation
Qualityof life/ContinuumofCare
Access toMedication
InfantMortality
Obesity
Nutrition&HealthyEating
Transportation
FoodSecurity
Access tohealthcare
EducationalAttainment
Physical Activity
Mental/BehavioralHealth
R
Jobs/EconomicDevelopment
Substance/DrugAbuse
CancerCare
Cancer Care
TobaccoPrevention/Cessation
Qualityof life/ContinuumofCare
Access toMedication
InfantMortality
Obesity
Nutrition&HealthyEating
Transportation
FoodSecurity
Access tohealthcare
EducationalAttainment
PhysicalActivity
Mental/BehavioralHealth
R
Jobs/EconomicDevelopment
Substance/DrugAbuse
CancerCare
Cancer Care
TobaccoPrevention/Cessation
Qualityof life/ContinuumofCare
Access toMedication
InfantMortality
Obesity
Nutrition&HealthyEating
Transportation
FoodSecurity
Access tohealthcare
EducationalAtt i ment
Physi alActi ity
Mental/BehavioralHealth
R
Jobs/EconomicDevelopment
Substance/DrugAbuse
CancerCare
Cancer Care
TobaccoPrevention/Cessation
Qualityof life/ContinuumofCare
Access toMedication
InfantMortality
Obesity
Nutrition&HealthyEating
Transportation
FoodSecurity
Access tohealthcare
EducationalAttainment
PhysicalActivity
Mental/BehavioralHealth
R
Obesity Tobacco
Cessation
Metal Health Access to
PrimaryCare
Total Financial Commitment
Financial Assistance (CharityCare)
$1,964,389
GovernmentMeans-TestedHealthCare
$1,930,959
AdditionalCommunityBenefitServices for thePoorandVulnerable $52,450
CommunityBenefit Services for theBroader Community
$63,564
Total CommunityBenefit
$4,011,362*
CommunityBuilding
$8,600
Total
$4,019,962
In addition to the communitybenefit providedbySt.VincentMercy, St.Vincent
Medical Groupprovided$226,552of communitybenefit inMadisonCounty.
*Note that in keepingwith the conservative approachof theCatholicHealth
Association, Medicare shortfall is not included as communitybenefit.
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