In 2011, Pardee Hospital provided $20.9 million in community benefits that influenced the people of our community in many ways.
The American Hospital Association and the North Carolina Hospital Association, as well as the Internal Revenue Service, provide specific guidelines to hospitals and health systems about how they report community benefit activities to the public annually in an accountable and transparent way. Pardee's reporting of these guidelines is as follows and may be found on www.ncha.org.
Community-building activities: $454,000
The activities address our community's health care needs.
Community health improvement services: $701,000
These outreach activities improve community health, but are not specifically related to hospital services; services include heath education materials and programs.
Cash and in-kind contributions: $1,717,000
These donations include gifts to community organizations with health care-related programs, research and health profession education.
Unreimbursed costs: $7,934,000
Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals are generally are less than the actual cost of care.
Uncompensated care: $10,001,000
This includes the cost of treating charity care patients and bad debt. While most businesses have the ability to turn away patrons who cannot or do not pay for services, community hospitals provide services to all emergency patients, regardless of their ability to pay.