Each year within CHRISTUS Health, we set social-accountability objectives and evaluate our performance in accomplishing them. The term social accountability is used to define all elements of our contributions to our communities, including charity care (which consists of government-sponsored indigent care) and other community benefits.
Whether measured in terms of cost or the number of patients served, CHRISTUS Health's greatest commitment to communities is provided through charity care for uninsured and underinsured patients.
CHRISTUS Health provided $157,514,910 in charity care and $35,584,938 in other community benefits in 2002. This represented an increase from 8.2 percent of net patient revenue (NPR) in the 2001 fiscal year to 9.2 percent in the 2002 fiscal year.
Social accountability assumes a broader definition when reporting our community benefits to regulatory agencies; it includes the unreimbursed cost of Medicare and other government programs. In the 2002 fiscal year, the CHRISTUS Health community-benefit investment was 17.7 percent of the system's NPR.
CHRISTUS Fund spreads hope and help
During the 2002 fiscal year, the CHRISTUS Fund awarded $2,394,437 in grants to community-based programs. The majority of the CHRISTUS Fund's investments went to organizations within CHRISTUS Health regions. A smaller percentage were awarded to selected programs outside of CHRISTUS regions where CHRISTUS' sponsoring congregations maintain ministries. In addition to community health programs, the CHRISTUS Fund also has provisions for disaster relief.
The investments made by the CHRISTUS Fund help support our commitment to creating healthier communities and ensure that the work of social accountability and moral and ethical stewardship continues in spite of challenging fiscal conditions faced by local operating entities.
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