IU Health Submits Annual Community Investment Report
| Indianapolis—Indiana University Health contributed nearly $614 million in community investment in 2010, as reported in its annual Schedule H filing sent to the Internal Revenue Service today. When subtracting the community investments from hospitals that joined the IU Health system in 2010, the total investment increased 10 percent from 2009.
“Indiana University Health has long been committed to reinvesting in the communities we serve, and in providing world-class healthcare regardless of ability to pay,” said Ron Stiver, senior vice president for Engagement & Public Affairs. “Our most recent report to the community demonstrates that this commitment and impact remains strong.”
The report highlights both “community investment” and “community benefit.” The former includes the following: free healthcare provided to those in need; unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, Medicare and other government programs; research and clinical trials; education for health professionals; community building activities and health improvement services, subsidized health services and bad debt. Community benefit includes all the aforementioned items but Medicare shortfall, community building and bad debt. In 2010, IU Health’s community benefit totaled nearly $442 million, equaling 11 percent of its net patient revenue.
In 2010, IU Health’s primary community outreach focus areas included obesity prevention, injury prevention and increasing access to healthcare through financial assistance. Health system leaders identified these areas for investment based on community needs.
For example, last year, IU Health (formerly Clarian Health) engaged in several community health initiatives, including performing 5,000 diabetes risk assessments to identify Hoosiers at risk for developing type-2 diabetes and referring more than 2,000 for appropriate follow-up care.
In efforts to combat obesity, IU Health partnered with an Indianapolis Public School through the Department of Education’s Carol M. White PE Without Boundaries (PEP) grant to expand and improve physical activity during physical education classes. IU Health also provided staff support, curriculum and teacher training for a more comprehensive class.
“Our involvement with IU Health has helped us build a strong physical education program at Northwest High School,” said Chris Toner, physical education teacher at Northwest High School. “I don’t know what we would have been using for exercise equipment if it weren’t for the PEP Grant and IU Health. The partnership with IU Health has made me a better person and teacher.”
At Riley Safety Stores in downtown Indianapolis, IU Health Tipton Hospital and at IU Health Arnett Hospital, Child Passenger Safety Technicians offered free inspections of infant and child car seats. During the 45-minute checkups, technicians ensured seats were appropriate and correctly installed for their child’s age, size and weight, making suggestions for poor-fitting seats. Special events provided free car seats to families in need.
“Having Kenadie’s seat checked at IU Health Arnett Hospital was a quick and easy way to ensure that she was safely secured,” Tippecanoe’s Sara Cooper said of her daughter, “Accidents are unexpected and happen all the time. I’m so thankful that I ensured that my daughter’s car seat was installed correctly.”
In Bloomington, every third- and fourth-grader in six elementary schools was provided a free bicycle helmet and safe riding tips education by IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Inside some of the numbers from IU Health’s 2010 Schedule H filing:
- $112 million: Total charity care in 2010 (not including IU Health Bloomington and Paoli Hospitals), which is up approximately 18 percent from $95 million in 2009
- 556,000: The number of community members IU Health served in 2011
- 11: Percentage of community benefit that represents net patient revenue in 2010
- 3: Percentage of charity care that represents net patient revenue in 2010
A copy of the 2010 Community Benefit report will soon be available. To reserve a PDF copy, please contact Kristofer Karol at 317.962.4589.
About Indiana University Health Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.