“The safest patient is the one who never enters the hospital. The healthiest patient is the one who embraces prevention and self-care. The least expensive hospitalization is the one that never occurs.”
~ Mike Wallace, President & CEO, Fort HealthCare
Every minute of every day, someone enters a community hospital, in need of assistance. Some are fortunate to have health insurance and find that most of the cost of care is covered. Others are not as fortunate and face both physical and financial hardship. Regardless of their personal or financial circumstances, we are here to help them.
Fear of a bill should never prevent a patient from seeking care. Whether it is providing financial assistance to patients with limited resources through charity care programs, or improving access to essential and primary healthcare services by sponsoring free medical and dental clinics, hospitals provide a safety net of care in the community.
Without that care in place, state and local governments would have a much greater burden in trying to deliver these critical services to a vulnerable population. In addition, hospitals deliver millions of dollars of services aimed at improving the overall health of the community, partnering with public health departments and other local organizations to provide leadership, financial support and human resources in identifying and addressing community health priorities.
In all, we provided more than $1.53 million in uncompensated charity care and $6.02 million in unreimbursed Medicaid last fiscal year, impacting multiple people in the communities we serve. Additionally, we sponsor a full-time physician at the Rock River Free Clinic in Jefferson and provide free laboratory and radiology services to patients, which is valued over $157,264. We also contribute annually to several local schools, organizations, and health and wellness events. Between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, we donated $116,903 in sponsorships to over 75 local organizations.
A few examples of programs and services we support are:
Please click on the Community Benefit Report image shown above to learn more.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program launches; A Fort HealthCare and PADA partnership
Fort HealthCare Slimdown Challenge
Rock the Walk Challenged Local Residents and Workers to Get Their Steps
Diabetes Day indoor walk event at Fort HealthCare
Healthcare Innovation Grants provide funding for community wellness improvement
Live Well programming helps underserved population know their numbers
Dane County Honor Guard recognizes Fort HealthCare
Second Annual Camp 911 a Success at Fort HealthCare
PEP Rally teaches Luther Students about health and wellness
Mammogram Campaign Targets Busy, Low-Income Women
Support Groups Help The Healing Process
Paramedic Intercept Program
Free Community Care Clinic
Fort HealthCare’s free mammogram campaign benefits community
Fort HealthCare tackles diabetes with free classes and screenings
Fort HealthCare offers free and low cost heart care programs
Fort HealthCare Reaches Out to Community Caregivers with Respite Services
A special individual helps the Rock River Free Clinic come alive