ERIE, Pa., Aug. 30, 2016
– UPMC Hamot
provided $26 million
in IRS-defined “community benefits” last year, an average of more than $71,000 a day
for programs and services to improve the health and quality of life of all the communities UPMC Hamot serves. The $26 million total includes:
• $16.3 million in charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor
• $5.3 million in community health programs and donations
• $4.2 million in medical research and education
UPMC Hamot’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
“We are more committed than ever to meeting the needs of the communities in our region,” said Jim Fiorenzo, president of UPMC Hamot. “Some of our major community health programs and donations throughout the year involve the Eagle’s Nest Employability Initiative, the Flip Side anti-gun violence program, various health screenings and health fairs, support and educational groups, and several youth injury prevention programs.
“Our role as a specialized tertiary hospital has grown as we continue to regionalize our clinical and community services by sharing programs, resources, technology, physician specialists and other expertise with UPMC Northwest, WCA, Kane Community Hospital, and others throughout UPMC,” added Fiorenzo.
UPMC Hamot also teaches tomorrow's health professionals through a strong residency program and relationships with area universities to provide hands-on training to future registered nurses and pharmacists.
UPMC Hamot, one of the region’s top employers, has a powerful effect on the local economy with a total economic impact of nearly $555 million.