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UPMC Horizon Provided $17 Million in Community Benefits in Fiscal Year 2014, Part of the UPMC System’s $888 Million Total Contribution

PITTSBURGH, June 17, 2015 UPMC Horizon contributed $17 million in total community benefits during Fiscal Year 2014 - or about $46,500 each day - according to a recently released report from UPMC.  Across its whole system, UPMC provided $888 million.
 
The report shows that UPMC Horizon doubled its investment in community-focused programs and services from $8.2 million in 2010 to $17 million in 2014 and provided $11.4 million in free and reduced cost care in 2014 for community members in need. Fiscal Year 2014 covers the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
 
Examples of UPMC Horizon’s community benefits include free breast cancer screenings and mammograms in conjunction with the Family Planning Service of Mercer County and the Womancare Center of UPMC Horizon, free prostate cancer screening to high-risk patients, and health promotion projects with area schools done in collaboration with the Community Health Partnership of Mercer County in addition to a variety of other health fairs and educational sessions on topics such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The hospital has donated automated external defibrillators to local schools, businesses and fire and police departments, and through its partnership between the Medical Equipment Recycling Program and the UPMC Horizon Foundation, lower income Mercer County area residents received refurbished wheelchairs, canes, and walkers.
 
Another community benefit is the training that UPMC Horizon provides for physicians in family medicine, internal medicine, orthopaedic surgery, and general surgery. Many of these graduates become local doctors who give back by practicing in the community.
 
“Advancing UPMC’s world-class clinical care while identifying and addressing the most common and pressing health needs of our patients and local residents is what UPMC Horizon is all about,” said Don Owrey, president, UPMC Horizon. “Backed by the strength of the UPMC system and the passion and commitment of our local experts and caregivers, we are proud of our community service leadership role.” UPMC Horizon also is among the region’s largest employers, with an economic impact of more than $235 million.
 
Meanwhile, UPMC Horizon has continued to expand and advance many clinical services. With campuses in Greenville and Shenango Valley, UPMC Horizon partners with other UPMC hospitals to offer a range of services often not found in community hospitals. The UPMC CancerCenter at UPMC Horizon is the county’s only cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Care includes comprehensive medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnosis, pathology, support, and counseling services that eliminate the need to travel to Pittsburgh.
 
The hospital’s telemedicine programs developed in collaboration with both Magee-Womens Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC allow high-risk pregnancy patients and pediatric emergency medicine patients to receive care locally, eliminating the need to travel far from home. UPMC Horizon is also the only hospital in Mercer County recognized as a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, and one of the few hospitals in the nation to achieve this recognition for the past three years.
 
As a whole integrated system, UPMC provided $888 million in total community benefits during fiscal year 2014. That amounts to $2.4 million each day for programs and services to improve our entire region’s health and quality of life. The complete 2014 UPMC Community Benefits Report is now available online. UPMC’s $888 million in total community benefits includes:
 
• $346 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor
• $345 million toward research and education
• $197 million in community health programs and contributions
 
The $888 million 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 western Pennsylvania.

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