O O v e r t h e p a s t y e a r , E v a n s t o n N o r t h w e s t e r n H e a l t h c a r e e x p a n d e d i t s c o m m u n i t y b e n e f i t s e f f o r t s t o i n c l u d e a n e v e n w i d e r v a r i e t y o f w e l l n e s s a n d h e a l t h e d u c a t i o n p r o g r a m s . W e m a i n t a i n e d o u r p o s i t i o n a s a l e a d i n g i n s t i t u t i o n f o r c u t t i n g - e d g e r e s e a r c h a n d m e d i c a l e d u c a t i o n . W e s u p p o r t e d l o c a l a n d n a t i o n a l o r g a n i z a t i o n s — b o t h m o n e t a r i l y a n d w i t h t h e t i m e a n d e f f o r t o f o u r e m p l o y e e s — t h a t s h a r e d o u r m i s s i o n a n d v i s i o n o f c o m m u n i t y h e a l t h . F i n a l l y , w e b r o a d e n e d o u r e f f o r t s t o p r o v i d e care to needy and uninsured individuals in our communities. All told, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare contributed more than $145 million of community benefits, including $11.6 million in charity care and $17.7 million in subsidized health services.
We are committed to taking a leadership role in these efforts by offering resources and support to achieve our mission to preserve and improve human life. But Evanston Northwestern Healthcare is only one of the partners integral to improving the health of the communities it serves, and we are indebted to the many community partners who facilitate and enable the delivery of care and services.
A sampling of how Evanston Northwestern Healthcare contributes to its communities:
In response to a pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak at several North Shore high schools, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare staff administered vaccines to 430 New Trier High School staff and 490 Evanston Township High School students. For more than a decade, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) has supported the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Health Center. Staffed by ENH physicians, nurses, and a social worker, the Health Center had 2,755 student visits and treated more than 1,000 students in the 2005-2006 school year.
Glenbrook South High School and Glenbrook Hospital formed a partnership to address the growing problem of access to care, and specifically the inability of low-income students to obtain back-to-school physicals in time to start school. Today, the Access to Care Program offers the primary care services of the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Family Care Center Medical Group Practice, located at Glenbrook Hospital, to any Glenbrook South High School student. The program also offers back-to- school physicals on the day of school registration, regardless of a family’s ability to pay for preventive health services. Since its inception in the fall of 2006, the Access to Care program has served more than 90 students and their families.
“The Access to Care program has been a great resource for Glenbrook South and our families,” said Brian K. Wegley, Principal, Glenbrook South High School. “The
generosity of the staff’s time and the many creative solutions to the problems that arise makes the hospital a truly fantastic next door neighbor.”
For the past five years, the Center for Simulation Technology and Academic Research (CSTAR) at Highland Park Hospital has provided valuable hands-on emergency medicine training to medical students and residents in a controlled, state-of-the-art simulator laboratory. The center also utilizes high-fidelity simulators to provide area paramedics, firefighters, police and Department of Health employees with high-impact training in emergency preparedness and bioterrorism. “Since its inception, CSTAR has focused on patient safety and patient care,” said Jon Vozenilek, MD, Director, CSTAR. “CSTAR’s space is flexible and faculty are knowledgeable, providing school nurse and first aid programs one day, and advanced initiatives in patient safety the next.”
Charity care is defined as care for which the provider does not expect to receive payment from the patient or the third party payer. There are many other components that comprise our community benefits, such as education and research. The total financial value of ENH reportable community benefits comply with the Illinois Community Benefits Act and the State’s Attorney General office. To ensure that all residents in our communities have access to quality and compassionate healthcare, the Outpatient Department at Evanston Hospital provides free and discounted care to people who lack private health insurance. The Outpatient Department is staffed by nurse practitioners, registered nurses and resident physicians, who provide care under the supervision of senior attending physicians on staff at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.
Services available include obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, orthopaedics, diabetes education and podiatry. The Outpatient Department had nearly 11,000 patient visits and treated more than 4,000 people. “Many uninsured people lack access to routine, preventive health services,” said Gabriel Berlin, MD, Medical Director of the Outpatient Department.
“By providing regular check-ups and disease management services, the Outpatient Department helps to stabilize chronic conditions and prevent serious emergency situations and costly hospital stays.”
If you would like more information regarding how ENH connects to its communities or to receive a copy of our 2006-2007 Community Benefits Report, write to us at: Community Relations, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.