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UPMC Passavant’s Community Benefits Total $22.8 Million for Fiscal Year 2014

PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2015UPMC Passavant, celebrating its 50th year caring for the people of the North Hills and northern Allegheny County,  provided $22.8 million in total community benefits during fiscal year 2014, from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. That amounts to $62,500 each day for programs and services to improve the area’s health, well being, and quality of life.
 
UPMC Passavant’s McCandless campus, along with its Cranberry location, encompasses 425 licensed beds, 400-plus licensed physicians and an average of nearly 50 surgeries every day. More than half of its patients carry Medicare or Medicaid, and UPMC Passavant locations altogether provided free and reduced cost care totaling $12.8 million in 2014, or $35,000 per day.  
 
“Even with about two-thirds of our workers living in and representing our community, numbers alone don’t quite quantify the personal care and relationships that you find daily in our hospital floors, clinics, Cranberry campus, and throughout this region,” said Dave Martin, president of UPMC Passavant. “In fact, almost half of our patients come from outside Allegheny County. We serve both our community and our region, and it’s our responsibility and privilege to do so.”
 
It is estimated the hospital’s operations contribute a $733.4 million total economic impact to the area. Moreover, more than 7,000 UPMC employees reside in the neighborhoods surrounding UPMC Passavant, primarily in McCandless, Ross, Richland and Cranberry.
 
The complete UPMC 2014 Community Benefits report is now available online at www.upmc.com, outlining $888 million in total community benefits that include: $346 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor; $345 million toward research and education; and $197 million in community health programs and contributions
 
The $888 million total is more than 15 percent of UPMC’s net patient revenue as UPMC continues to provide more care to the most underserved areas than any other health care institution in the region.
 
Among the programs offered to the community by UPMC Passavant:
 
• In collaboration with the Passavant Hospital Foundation, it provides the community with a combined roughly 110 community health events such as referral centers, screenings, exams, and educational classes. These free seminars involve health, well-being and preventive measures for heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, visual acuity, and so on. More than 4,000 people attended these community events at schools, malls, senior centers, and at the hospital locations.
• The Foundation administers a patient assistance fund providing free, subsidized or reduced care for financially struggling patients and vulnerable populations whose government programs don’t cover full costs.
• The Women’s Health Cancer Screening Program links uninsured and low income women with free cervical and breast cancer screenings through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
• The Survivorship Celebration provides coping strategies, psychosocial support and new relationships for cancer survivors, with nearly 500 people attending last year’s event.
• Regular support groups for cancer, stroke and diabetes, plus an annual conference for stroke survivors, are just a few of the outreach programs delivered to patients.
• Area businesses partner to promote heart healthy lifestyle choices.

“In the nearly two years since we met with community leaders and public health experts to formally create our Community Health Needs Assessment, we strive to identify local health needs and improve in areas of keen interest to the people of our area: cancer, heart disease and stroke,” Martin said. “We remain committed to our neighbors, community and region -- for the present and for generations to come.”

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