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Saint Joseph contributes nearly $30 million in community benefits

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:24 a.m. CDT

JOLIET — Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center contributed more than $29.1 million in community benefits to residents of the Joliet area and helped a total of 77,681 people last year.

The Presence Saint Joseph community benefits for the Joliet area include:

• $8.5 million  in Financial Assist-ance (at cost) – the cost of providing free or discounted health services for those who could not afford to pay and met the criteria for financial assistance.

• $18.5 million in Medicaid Short-fall (at cost) – the unpaid costs of public programs for those with low income or a disability.

• $2.3 million in Community Benefit Services – programs and activities to improve community health, educate health professionals, conduct research studies, provide subsidized clinical services and support community organizations.

Additional benefits include nearly $48 million in bad debt (expenses for which services were provided but no payment was received) and $11 million in Medicare shortfall.

In total, Presence Health contributed nearly $168 million in community benefits statewide and helped more than 847,000 people, according to the system-wide 2012 Community Benefit Report, which was also released today.

“Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is committed to serving our community, supporting health and wellness for everyone,” said Beth Hughes, president and CEO of Presence Saint Joseph.

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