WASHINGTON, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Not-for-profit hospitals
are continuing to expand and strengthen their support of community benefit
programs. Attendees of a recent community benefit conference reported that
support from executive leadership has grown substantially since the last
conference in 2006.
This finding is one of many from a survey conducted in conjunction with
the "Making an Impact: Evidence-Based Community Benefit" conference
sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) and
VHA Inc., in cooperation with the School of Public Health at Saint Louis
University. The conference, the fourth such event, is held every two years
to focus on sharing ideas and learnings with regard to components of
community benefit programming.
"We are extremely encouraged to learn that executive leadership is more
focused than ever on strengthening their hospital's community benefit
programming," said Julie Trocchio, CHA senior director, continuing care
ministries. "Each year we see increasingly greater support from hospital
"In this time of increased scrutiny of community benefit reporting,
these survey results demonstrate our members' ongoing commitment to taking
their community-focused missions seriously," noted Linda DeWolf, vice
president at VHA.
Survey respondents reported adding new staff (21 percent), new
partnerships (25 percent) and new programs (24 percent) in the past year to
support community benefit efforts.
In addition to these improvements, when asked "what if anything is
different in your organization's community benefit work within the past
year," more than a third of respondents (36 percent) answered "additional
attention from senior executives."
"The results clearly demonstrate that CHA and VHA members' community
benefit programs continue to increase staff, programs and partnerships,"
Trocchio said. "The survey completed by a majority of the more than 200
meeting attendees also shows that community benefit programs are receiving
greater support from boards and executive leadership, as well as more
Community benefit programs continue to report an increase in
programming, with almost half (47 percent) citing an increase "by any
measure: amount spent, persons served, number of programs" over the past
three years. Optimism about community benefit programs' future expansion
remained high as well, with 46 percent of respondents expecting an increase
in their community benefit program within the next three years. None of the
respondents reported an anticipated decrease in their community benefit
Nearly half of the respondents (48 percent) reported community benefit
programs that offer increased access to care "have the greatest impact in
[their] community." Programs that offer health education or health
promotion also ranked high, with 28 percent of respondents reporting those
programs as having the greatest impact.
VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national health care alliance
that provides industry-leading supply chain management services and
supports the formation of regional and national networks to help members
improve their clinical and economic performance. With 16 offices across the
U.S., VHA has a track record of proven results in serving more than 1,400
not-for-profit hospitals and more than 21,000 non-acute care organizations
The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in
1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's pursuit of the strategic
directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As the nation's largest group
of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is
committed to improving the health status of communities and creating
quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. For more
information, visit the CHA website at http://www.chausa.org/.
SOURCE Catholic Health Association of the United States