Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen and Haverhill Campuses Collectively Provide more than $5.8 Million in Community Benefits for 2014
Efforts focus on population health priorities including diabetes management and care;
overweight and obesity; mental health care and support; accessing and navigating health care; cancer education, awareness and early detection programs
Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen and Haverhill campuses collectively provided 5.8 million in Community Benefits expenditures in 2014, which included free or discounted care provided directly to patients and the sponsorship of important health education programs. The full report was recently published by the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.
“Holy Family Hospital’s team is committed to providing care beyond the rooms of our hospital and into the communities where individuals and their families can benefit from access to health, education and wellness services,” said Joseph Roach, President of Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen and Haverhill campuses.
“Our Community Benefits Program is a reflection of the population health needs of the communities we serve and also aligns with the statewide health priorities,” said Mr. Roach. Our contributions reach into the communities where we actively participate on health leadership boards, provide community service programs and join in collaborative community efforts.”
There are four statewide health priorities identified in the AG’s Guidelines: supporting health care reform, improving chronic disease management in disadvantaged populations, reducing health disparities, and promoting wellness of vulnerable populations.
Across both campuses, Holy Family Hospital’s priorities align with these guidelines and include navigating the health care system, education on health insurance coverage, overweight and obesity, diabetes management and care, and mental health care and support. Additional priorities include oral health; smoking cessation; cancer awareness, education and early detection; and collaborative care for emergency department frequent users. All of the hospital’s efforts aim to reduce the incidence of specific health problems through education, prevention, support programs and advocacy.
Holy Family Hospital serves on the Mayor’s Health Task Force Executive Committee (CHNA 11), chairs the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast Health Partnership (CHNA 12), and is on the board of directors for the Merrimack Valley Prevention and Substance Abuse Project. The hospital is also an active on several other community advisory boards and working groups. Participation in community events and offerings is also made possible by the hospital’s Ambassador Program. In FY2014, hospital staff contributed approximately 5,600 hours - or 140, 40-hour work weeks - to communities and their residents.
Holy Family Hospital’s Community Service efforts for 2014 totaled an additional $209,304 and included Meet the Expert lectures, participation in Health and Wellness Fairs, senior suppers and luncheons offered at the campuses, support groups hosted at the campus as well as community presentations.
For each campus – Methuen and Haverhill – Holy Family Hospital has established a Community Benefits Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from throughout the community who have been involved in the hospital’s priority planning and delivery for many years. “We are very grateful for their service and dedication,” said Mr. Roach. “Their insight and support are essential and we value their partnership in pursuit of community health.”
All non-profit hospitals are required to provide community benefits; however, Holy Family Hospital, part of the Steward Health Care System, provides the same level of community benefits as non-profit hospitals as well as pays real estate taxes in Methuen and Haverhill. In 2014, the taxes topped $1.4 million. Holy Family Hospital’s tax contribution helps support the salaries of teachers, police officers and firefighters in these communities.
About Holy Family Hospital
Holy Family Hospital is a 383-bed acute-care hospital with two campuses, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill. Both locations provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to the greater Merrimack Valley, southern New Hampshire and the New Hampshire seacoast. The hospital’s strengths include orthopedic care, cancer care, neurology, wound and hyperbaric care, behavioral medicine and maternity care. Both campuses are proud recipients of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and have earned “A” Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group for their performance on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency. Holy Family Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care Systems LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England, which combines over 3,0000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. More information is available at www.HolyFamily-Hospital.org.