NORMAL, ILL. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal played a part in Advocate Health Care’s $614 million contribution in charitable care and services during 2012. The total is an increase of $43 million over the previous year.
“We continually challenge ourselves to extend our services beyond our hospital walls,” said Jim Skogsbergh, president and CEO of Advocate Health Care. “We are proud to have provided charitable care and services that touched so many lives last year.”
Advocate provided $104 million in free and discounted charity care for the uninsured and underinsured, and supplied more than $330 million in care without full reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. In 2012, these benefits alone totaled $434 million in health care service costs.
In addition to free and subsidized care, BroMenn Medical Center, in partnership with Advocate, offered programs and services that responded to our communities’ unique needs. Some of these programs include: free EKG screenings for teens as part of the Advocate for Young Hearts program; a free blood pressure check kiosk at a local mall; continued support for the local Community Health Care Clinic; free or low-cost community education classes and programs; EMS support and training for all McLean County; free health fairs and screenings; a growing Graduate Medical Education program to educate the next generation of doctors; facility modernizations and service expansions to better meet the growing needs of the community; and other services offered solely to improve the health and well-being of area communities.
“As blessed as the McLean County region is, there are still many health needs to be met,” said Colleen Kannaday, BroMenn Medical Center’s president. “We’re committed to doing what we can to make a positive difference in the lives of the people in the communities we serve, even before they become our patients.
Advocate also made significant investments in language assistance programs, which offer patients access to interpreters and other non-English patient education materials. As part of its annual Community Benefits Report, a detailed breakdown of Advocate’s contributions was recently filed with the State.
Contributions to other not-for-profit community organizations, as well as equipment, supplies and clinic space donations totaled $6 million. Advocate also increased its provision of medical education and training in 2012 to more than $80 million. As part of its annual Community Benefits Report, a detailed breakdown of Advocate’s contributions was recently filed with the State.
About Advocate BroMenn Medical Center:
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, located in Bloomington-Normal, has been serving and caring for the people of central Illinois for more than 115 years. As the health care leader in McLean County, BroMenn provides healing and innovation, while simultaneously offering the warm touch of professional caregivers who form the BroMenn family.
A 221-bed hospital renowned for its neuro, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s services, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is also a teaching facility, offering residency programs in Neurosurgery, Family Practice and Clinical Pastoral Education. The facility has won several awards for clinical quality and patient satisfaction. BroMenn also has several active partnerships with other organizations, including a community cancer center, an Advanced MRI site, a sports enhancement center, a sleep disorders center, an addiction recovery unit, and an assisted living facility.
About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 largest health systems by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health care companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $614 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2012.