Silver Cross Hospital’s Community Benefit totaled over $35 million in fiscal year (FY) 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018).
Included in the hospital’s Community Benefit was more than $8.2 million in charity care (at cost) in which Silver Cross does not expect payment from patients.
Additionally, over $821,000 in uncompensated services was provided through the government’s Medicaid program.
Silver Cross Hospital’s FY2018 Community Benefit initiatives included:
Pledge to Provide Free Care: In 2008, the Hospital pledged to provide at least $4 million a year for ten years in charity care to serve the poor and uninsured in Will County. I
n the past ten years, over $79 million in care was delivered to Will County patients.
That number reflects the actual cost of health care provided. It does not include shortfalls in payments from the state’s Medicaid program for the poor or the Medicare program for seniors and disabled citizens.
These programs only cover a fraction of Silver Cross Hospital’s cost for treating patients.
Financial Assistance: Silver Cross provides financial assistance to patients who maintain a household income up to 300% above the Federal Poverty Level.
In addition, the hospital provides a 50% discount off of charges to all uninsured patients.
English and Spanish speaking financial counselors are available.
Subsidized Services and Screenings: In addition to charity care and government-sponsored indigent care, Silver Cross provided more than $3.3 million in other community benefits last year, which included free and subsidized health services, programs and screenings, and donations to more than 300,000 people in Will County.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Resource Hospital: Silver Cross is also helping to save lives serving as the resource hospital for the area’s EMS system.
Silver Cross gave $635,000 to provide paramedic training, continuing education, and monitoring of ambulance services in Will and Grundy counties.
Scholarships and Grants: Through the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, the Hospital also awarded over $200,000 in health care-related scholarships, workforce development grants and quality-of-life initiatives.
Over 50,000 individuals associated with local organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Community Service Council, Forest Park Community Center, Harvey Brooks Foundation, Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will County, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), National Hook-up For Black Women, Senior Services of Will County, Spanish Community Center, University of St. Francis and Warren Sharp Community Center were beneficiaries of Silver Cross’ investment in the community.
For a copy of the 2018 Community Benefit Report, visit silvercross.org