Value for Our Communities

North Carolina’s hospitals and health systems are anchors in our communities, supporting the local economy as a major employer and as a healthcare safety net provider. Our state is home to some of the most advanced academic medical centers in the nation, where cutting edge research is transforming medicine. A network of teaching hospitals supports training for tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. Mobile screening vans criss-cross North Carolina’s 100 counties, providing our neighbors with access to preventive care as well as early diagnosis and treatment.

But today’s health systems are more than just places to go when you are sick. We are partnering with others in our communities – from care providers to business owners to individuals – to increase wellness, coordinate care delivery and control healthcare costs. We are focused on collaborative, value-driven approaches to improve the health of our communities.

Hospitals and health systems contribute to the health and wellness of the people in their communities every day — with services like free and low-cost wellness education and health evaluations — while also making sure that everyone in the community receives the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Investing in a Healthy Workforce
    You may not think about it much, but healthy employees with healthy family members make running a business that much easier. While employers expect workers to miss a certain number of work days each year, excessive absences can equate to decreased productivity and can have a major effect on company finances, morale and other factors. Healthy workplaces support higher productivity, lower absenteeism and happier employees.
  • Investing in a Healthy Community
    Hospitals and health systems deliver valuable low-cost and free-of-charge services that contribute to the overall health of their communities. We reinvest in our communities with transformational programs like coordinating patient services and care after patient discharge, community health screenings, wellness education, and other community outreach programs like farmer’s markets and food pantries.

Hospitals and health systems are a critical part of the healthcare safety net across our state, providing care for all, regardless of ability to pay. North Carolina’s hospitals are among the nation’s best in providing the most highly advanced care for critically ill newborns, burn victims, organ transplant recipients, individuals struggling with mental health and substance use issues, and others with complex medical problems. But the caring goes far beyond the walls of the hospital, into outreach clinics for homeless individuals, mobile screenings in underserved communities, and telemedicine services to increase access to care.

  • Charity Care
    Like churches, colleges and YMCAs, non-profit hospitals exist to support the public good. North Carolina hospitals and health systems — even those that are for-profit — provided nearly $3 billion in charity care in 2016.
  • Unreimbursed Costs
    Often lacking a “medical home,” people without health insurance disproportionately use the hospital Emergency Department to access care.
  • Medicaid and Medicare Reimbursement
    Medicaid is a critical payment source for essential medical services for vulnerable populations. In North Carolina, Medicaid provides health coverage for low-income citizens, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. About 16 of every 100 hospital patients are covered by Medicaid, and it is jointly funded by federal and state government. The state’s “share” is about one-third of the total Medicaid dollars that hospitals receive, while the federal share is the other two-thirds. North Carolina hospitals contribute toward the state’s share of caring for the Medicaid population through an assessment program.

Having a hospital at the ready to respond to disasters and address the needs of ailing citizens is as essential as good roads and favorable taxes. Hospitals must maintain trained personnel, specialized equipment and supplies to prepare for any emergency, no matter how small or large.

  • 24/7/365 Care
    Hospitals are unique in that we are one of only a few businesses that must remain open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Hospitals often make accommodations during treacherous weather conditions to ensure that there is not a lapse in care for their neighbors.North Carolina has some of the busiest emergency departments in the country. Five North Carolina hospitals landed on the “Top 52 Hospitals With the Most ER Visits” in 2016:
    • The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro) – 149,700
    • Cape Fear Valley Medical Center (Fayetteville) – 129,352
    • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem) – 108,400
    • Vidant Medical Center (Greenville) – 90,000
    • Mission Hospitals – Memorial Campus (Asheville) – 87,200

A thriving hospital contributes to the economy of your area in many ways. Not only do businesses take a hard look at the stability and healthcare services available at your hospital before deciding to move or expand there, but hospitals also return about $2.37 to your local economy for every $1.00 made.

  • Good Jobs. Good Wages.
    As some of the largest employers in the Tar Heel State, North Carolina’s hospitals help drive a healthy local and state economy by supporting more than 395,000 jobs statewide. One in every 9 jobs is tied to healthcare in some way, and 14 of the Top 15 North Carolina Star Jobs are in healthcare. In addition, every job created in the hospital or health system represents a total of 2.44 jobs to the local community.
  • Training the Healthcare Leaders of Tomorrow. The health care industry is changing more quickly than ever before. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are looking for innovative ways to improve care and streamline costs. They know that much of that work lies in the hands of the professionals who care for patients every day. To accommodate the changing healthcare landscape, ensure primary care for rural areas, and improve overall community  ealth, many hospitals and health systems work directly with their local school systems and community colleges to identify and develop the healthcare professionals of tomorrow.

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