PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30, 2016 –
Now in its fourth year of operation, UPMC East
continues to provide eastern Allegheny and western Westmoreland counties with outstanding health care. Last year, it provided $9 million
in IRS-defined “community benefits,” an average of nearly $25,000 a day
, for programs and services to improve the health and quality of life of all the communities UPMC East serves. The $9 million total includes:
• $8 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor
• $300,000 in community health programs and donations
• $600,000 in medical research and education
UPMC East’s contributions were part of UPMC’s $892 million in total community benefits the health system provided during fiscal year 2015 and published recently in the Community Benefits Report 2015-2016
. The report shows UPMC provided nearly 70 percent of western Pennsylvania’s charity care, which is more than double all other hospitals combined, and far exceeds UPMC’s 40 percent share of hospital patients in the region.
UPMC’s $892 million in total community benefits includes:
• $313 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor
• $217 million in community health programs and donations
• $362 million for medical research and education
“Delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time is our focus and something in which our associates pride themselves. We can connect local residents to UPMC’s advanced care capabilities and community service resources right here, close to home,” said Mark Sevco, president, UPMC East.
UPMC East provides a wide spectrum of community benefits programs, including community health fairs, targeted health education and screening programs, support groups, the Mall Walkers program, and free flu shots.
UPMC East has a powerful effect on the local economy with a total annual economic impact of nearly $252 million.