Published on March 22, 2011

Facts About Baptist Memorial Health Care’s 2010 Community Benefit

Baptist Memorial Health Care is a regional health care system with affiliate hospitals throughout West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas. These hospitals all provide substantial charity care, uncompensated care and community benefit, often in rural communities that have no other hospitals and few physicians.

Baptist Memorial Health Care provided $204 million in community benefit during fiscal year 2010 (October 2009-September 2010). That number includes:

  • $97 million in uncompensated care (charity care + unpaid patient accounts)
  • $53 million in unpaid Medicaid and TennCare accounts
  • $106 million in total metro-Memphis community benefit.

Baptist was involved in a number of community outreach activities in 2010. Here are a few highlights:

The Baptist Operation Outreach mobile health care clinic, which provides primary care to the homeless three times a week. Baptist invested $2.8 million in the program in 2010. In addition, staff on the van hosted a health clinic at the City of Memphis' annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless and the Hungry, providing primary care and health information. The clinic partnered with Davis Vision and provided 280 patients with vision screenings at the kick-off event.

Baptist Memphis and Baptist Restorative Care Hospital raised more than $47,000 for the cure and treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and the American Heart Association.

Baptist colleagues contributed more than $6,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to build housing and the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation donated an additional $10,000 that was distributed through the American Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Convention Global Relief Fund in response to the devastating earthquakes in Haiti.

Many Baptist hospitals and other entities have adopted local schools, and Baptist employees have provided everything from Christmas gifts to physicals for student athletes. The Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering; Manassas High School; Denver Elementary School; and the Shrine School, a Memphis City School for the physically and or/mentally challenged, are among Baptist Memorial's adopted schools.

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