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IU Health invests $509 million to improve the community health

Outreach in 2013 included community improvement programs and research to find new treatments

Day of Service: IU Health team members volunteer at Indy Urban Acres, which donates its produce to local food pantries.

| INDIANAPOLIS—The mission of Indiana University Health is to improve the health of not only its patients, but also that of the community statewide. IU Health provides care for all Hoosiers, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. In 2013, nearly half a million patients in Indiana received free or reduced-cost care from Indiana University Health.  Beyond the $308 million provided in charity care, IU Health also brought healthcare outside the hospital walls and into the community by investing nearly $32 million in community health initiatives, reaching nearly a million people through health screenings and health education programs.  One of the programs piloted in 2013 was Veggies & Vaccines, a combination of IU Health’s successful Garden on the Go produce delivery program paired with flu shots at selected stops.

“Many of our members are at poverty level, and access to free flu vaccinations and affordable produce goes a long way to keeping them healthy,” said Nancy Short, assistant director at Ransburg YMCA, one of the stops for the Veggies & Vaccines program.

The state’s largest health system also invested in the health of its communities, by funding education and training to more than 17,000 health professionals and providing $72 million to support research initiatives at the IU School of Medicine.

2013 Community benefit highlights:

  • Free or reduced-cost care to nearly 415,000 patients (over $308 million)
  • Community health improvement initiatives reaching some 826,000 people ($32 million)
  • Health professions education for more than 17,000 learners ($70 million)
  • Research ($72 million)
  • Financial and In-Kind Contributions to nearly 100 community organizations statewide, reaching an estimated 180,000 Hoosiers ($7.6 million)

“IU Health exists to improve the health of our patients and communities,” said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and CEO of IU Health. “We do this by providing access to quality healthcare, and designing programs to engage the community in healthier habits. We are pleased to be able to provide a variety of resources to make a positive impact on health in the State of Indiana.”

Other 2013 community benefit highlights:

  • To encourage physical fitness, more than 1,500 team members volunteered across the state during the annual IU Health Day of Service to enhance 19 parks in 12 counties and installed 40 fitness stations, benefitting nearly 365,000 community members.
  • The successful Kindergarten Countdown camp helped more than 400 high-risk children from nine counties improve their Get Ready to Read scores by 21% on average.
  • IU Health hospitals across the state founded and/or supported walking groups in their communities, reaching nearly 1,100 community members who’ve logged hundreds of hours and miles.

A copy of the 2013 Community Benefit report is now available at iuhealth.org/communitybenefit.


 

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