Catholic Health Services contributed $10.9 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2010 to the communities it serves in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in south Florida. The total includes $2 million in traditional charity care, $1.6 million of unpaid Government sponsored healthcare shortfalls and $7.2 million in healthcare support services, education and housing subsidies. In reporting its community benefit, Catholic Health Services follow the guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association.
Making a difference in south Florida is a primary part of our mission. As the largest post acute health care system in the southeast United States, Catholic Health Services has provided over $10 million in community benefit services each year. To those who may have difficulty in accessing health care services, we have many outreach programs. To those who may not be able to afford the cost of health care, we assist and provide resources or financial assistance. To those who may not be knowledgeable about their own health issues, we provide education. To those who need a little extra help in managing their daily lives, we provide a helping hand. To those who are suffering the loss of a loved one or preparing for loss, we provide compassion and spiritual support. To those elderly living with low income, we provide safe and dignified housing. Through our various service lines, both in health care and in social services, we strive to make all transitions of care as smooth as possible for patients and their families, recognizing that many of them are very vulnerable and often overwhelmed by existing systems.
Our programs, many of which have been nationally recognized, range from health education and free screenings to clinical and ancillary medical services training to doctoral level internships in our rehabilitation hospitals. Community partnerships vary from affiliation with local universities, colleges and high schools to advocacy groups for awareness, campaigns, screenings, workshops and support groups.