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UPMC Provided $912 Million in Community Benefits During Last Fiscal Year

With Recent Affiliations, Annual Contributions Approaching $1 Billion—or $2.6 Million a Day

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30, 2017 – As UPMC continues to extend its nationally recognized clinical care throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, the renowned health care provider and insurer also maintains its commitment to addressing the most pressing needs of the many diverse communities it serves. The newly published UPMC Community Benefits Report 2016-2017 details how UPMC provided more care to western Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. 
 
UPMC contributed $912 million in IRS-defined community benefits during Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), the most recent data available.
 
The $912 million total includes:
 
  • $217 million to enhance health and wellness through 3,000 free and subsidized programs, such as immunizations, medications, home visits and transportation; support for seniors, children and people with disabilities; “Stop the Bleed” emergency preparedness training; and an array of support groups and community education.
  • $288 million to care for the most vulnerable residents in our communities, including $91 million in charity care and $197 million to cover the unreimbursed costs of care provided to Medicaid beneficiaries—UPMC cares for half of all Medicaid patients in western Pennsylvania.
  • $407 million to support 98 percent of all hospital-funded research in western Pennsylvania, including $230 million in direct medical research funding to the University of Pittsburgh, and $177 million in medical education programs to foster the next generation of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and other health care professionals.
Including UPMC Susquehanna and UPMC Chautauqua WCA, both of which affiliated with UPMC in Fiscal Year 2017, brings UPMC’s annual community benefits to $960 million—or $2.6 million a day.
 
“With UPMC’s growth over the past year, we are touching more lives in more communities and addressing the diverse needs of all our cities, smaller towns and rural areas we serve,” said G. Nicholas Beckwith III, chairman, UPMC Board of Directors. “By giving nearly a billion dollars in care and services, we are helping individuals in need, investing in the development of stronger neighborhoods, advancing educational opportunities on many levels, and supporting important cultural activities that enrich our lives.”   
 
UPMC cares for:
 
  • 4 out of 5 Pittsburgh residents with behavioral health needs.
  • 7 out of 10 pediatric patients from low-income families in Erie.
  • 9 out of 10 Medicaid patients in Altoona.
  • 9 out of 10 babies born to low-income Williamsport families.
  • 2 percent of babies born to low-income families in Allegheny County.2 percent of babies born to low-income families in Allegheny County.
 
On a national level, UPMC’s community benefits exceed those of other top medical centers in terms of percentage of net patient revenue. Meanwhile, UPMC was one of only seven hospital systems from across the country selected by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to serve as a leading example of how a hospital can successfully impact the health of local residents through community health needs assessments and was featured in the AAMC’s 2017 Health Equity Research Snapshot.
 
“UPMC’s community benefits begin with the unwavering commitment of its leadership along with the unmatched dedication of its nearly 70,000 employees, many of whom reach out on their own to take care of our neighbors and work tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of all of the places we call home,” said Jeffrey Romoff, president and CEO, UPMC.
 
As the opioid addiction epidemic is gripping families across the nation as well as locally, UPMC is stepping forward with expertise and compassionate services and resources, such as Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s nationally recognized Pregnancy Recover Center (PRC), the first regional opioid treatment program to wrap addiction treatment around prenatal care. The PRC has expanded to suburban and rural communities including Butler, Beaver, Clairton, Monroeville and Natrona Heights.
 
UPMC’s Community Care Behavioral Health Organization serves nearly one million individuals who receive medical assistance in 39 Pennsylvania counties and has increased addiction treatment by 50 percent since 2013.
 
This year, UPMC made the final payment on its $100 million pledge to the Pittsburgh Promise—the largest program of its kind in the nation, thanks to UPMC’s investment—enabling Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates to pursue college. The Pittsburgh Promise has sent nearly 7,300 urban youth to college with $100 million in scholarships, and improved Promise Scholars graduation rates, which have met or exceeded state and national averages. More than 1,000 Pittsburgh Promise alumni are part of the workforce in the Pittsburgh region.
 
With a total economic impact of $30 billion, UPMC operations have a multiplier effect that ripples benefits through local economies. As the Commonwealth’s largest non-governmental employer, UPMC supports more than one in five hospital jobs in Pennsylvania.
 
UPMC spends $13 billion on goods and services to deliver quality care—including an average of $400 million per year for improving hospitals, technology and infrastructure—money that flows to local businesses. 
 
Additionally, UPMC and its employees spend more than $1 billion supporting local, state and federal governments and municipalities:
 
• $170 million in taxes and voluntary contributions every year.
• $250 million in employer payroll taxes each year.
• $1 billion in employee income taxes yearly.
 
The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report 2016-2017 is available online at UPMC.com.

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