Annual Community Benefit Report

Charity Care $286.5 million
Charity care at cost $122.7 million
Unreimbursed Medicaid at cost $125.2 million
Charity-eligible care at cost $38.6 million
Education & Research $159.2 million
Educating health professionals
11,586 students
$135.2 million
Medical research $24.0 million
Safety Net Services $100.0 million
Subsidized services $93.4 million
Emergency response planning $1.3 million
Community partnerships $5.3 million
Community Health Programs $24.6 million
Community health programs
more than 632,900 services
$24.6 million
Total $570.3 million

Community Benefit Enhancing our
community’s health

Encouraging an active lifestyle and healthy eating for the young and old. Providing educational and research opportunities to future doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Delivering vaccinations to protect one another from illness. Giving support to young people who have lost a loved one. Providing free health care to those in need.

BJC HealthCare’s community benefit programs enhance the lives of all ages, each and every day. In 2012, BJC and its member hospitals and health service organizations provided more than $570.3 million in free medical care, education of health professionals, medical research and community outreach efforts.

$570.3 million
Charity care at cost $122.7 million
Unreimbursed Medicaid at cost $125.2 million
Charity-eligible care at cost $38.6 million
Total $286.5 million
$286.5 million

Charity Care

A few simple words speak volumes about the more than 160,000 patients and families who are able to focus on the care of their loved ones when they are relieved of financial burdens, which totaled more than $122.7 million in charity care during 2012. The following sentiments came from patients across BJC who received needed financial assistance, ranging from free care to reduced charges to long-term payment plans, depending on each patient’s individual medical family and financial circumstances.

BJC provided an additional $125.2 million in unreimbursed Medicaid and
$38.6 million in unreimbursed charity-eligible care.
Patient appreciation letter excerpts
“Your generosity is overwhelming and it has put to ease my stress. What you’ve done was more than prayed for. Thank you all and may God bless.”
“Thank you so much for the 100 percent discount of my medical bill. I am so grateful for your help. This news cannot help but speed my recovery.”
“To all of you who work tirelessly to help the poor and needy, words alone are not enough to express my appreciation. May God bless you all!”
“Thank you with all my heart for giving me relief on my bill. You are faceless angels who lend helping hands to those of us needing it. You are the bright sunshine on cold hands. God bless each and every one of you.”

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Education &
Research

By investing in the future of health care through education and research, BJC has made a strong commitment to the health of our community. These investments include the training of our doctors, nurses and other clinicians through BJC nursing schools and partnerships with Washington University School of medicine and other academic institutions. During 2012, BJC contributed $135.2 million toward the training of more than 11,586 students. By supporting medical research, BJC ensures the future of health care for our own hospitals and beyond by providing $24 million in research funding in 2012.

Beyond the classroom walls
A quest to breathe easier
Educating health professionals
11,586 students
$135.2 million
Medical research $24.0 million
Total $159.2 million
$159.2 million

Regional Safety Net

Providing a health care safety net to ensure patients don’t fall through the cracks is part of BJC’s commitment to the community. Whether it’s trauma services, mental health care, obstetrics care or newborn critical care, BJC helps to ensure these services are provided to fill the gaps in the health care system. These services are integral to enhancing our community's health. During 2012, BJC provided $93.4 million in subsidized or unreimbursed services to ensure access to essential care for the St. Louis region and rural Missouri.

In addition, BJC contributed $1.3 million toward regional emergency response planning in 2012 and partnered with other local nonprofit organizations that seek to improve community health or raise funds for research. Direct donations, event support and in-kind donations totaled $5.3 million in 2012.
Subsidized services $93.4 million
Emergency response planning $1.3 million
Community partnerships $5.3 million
Total $100 million
$100 million
Reaching Out to Our Communities
Teaching the teachers about nutrition
Teaching the teachers about nutrition
As the number of young people facing childhood obesity continues to rise, schools are one place where students can learn more about healthy eating and physical activity.  More >
Caring for the community
Caring for the community
When Sheronda Thomas found out she was pregnant with her third child, she was excited but also concerned.  More >
A circle of friendship
A circle of friendship
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can be overwhelming at first, but for Don Donlon and his fellow workout partners, choosing to look at the bright side of things helps make dealing with life’s obstacles that much easier.  More >
Students preview health care futures
Students preview health care futures
Sarah McLaughlin, now age 18, became interested in a health care career when her grandfather suffered a stroke a few years ago.  More >
A foundation of support
A foundation of support
For women with no insurance, just getting vital health screenings is challenging enough. What happens when a test shows troubling results?  More >
Loss brings bonds, healing
Loss brings bonds, healing
Grief is a complex emotion for anyone, but especially so for teenagers. Often, they’re told to “be strong” for other family members and, in doing so, put their own grief on hold.  More >
C.A.M.P. for a cause
C.A.M.P. for a cause
When Trevor Witt, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, needed life-changing splints that would help stretch the joints in his arms and legs that are lacking range of motion, his family turned to C.A.M.P. for a Cause.  More >
Generations connect for health
Generations connect for health
Age shouldn’t stand in the way of a healthy lifestyle.
More >
Bringing safety tips to life
Bringing safety tips to life
When is it safe to cross the street? What should I do if a stray dog approaches me? What should I know before I stay home alone?  More >
Head to Toe gives kids hope
Head to Toe gives kids hope
Taking a day off of school to go to an amusement park probably sounds like a great idea to any kid, but for Logan McColl, it was a life-changing event.  More >
Meeting immunization needs
Meeting immunization needs
Each year approximately 70,000 immigrants enter the United States from more than 75 countries.  More >
Music brings a respite
Music brings a respite
Sundays can often be a difficult day for patients in the hospital.
More >
Preventing seasonal flu
Preventing seasonal flu
Protecting yourself against seasonal influenza can be as simple as a single vaccination in the fall.  More >
Partnering to stop bullying
Partnering to stop bullying
When St. Mary’s elementary and middle schools in Alton, Ill., wanted to roll out an anti-bullying program, they turned to Alton Memorial Hospital and BJC School Outreach and Youth Development for support.  More >
Protecting the skin you’re in
Protecting the skin you’re in
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. And while most skin cancers appear after age 50, more and more young adults and even teenagers are now being diagnosed.  More >
Kids on Track
Kids on Track
For many kids, summer means long, lazy days living a couch potato lifestyle.
More >
Biggest Winner is a win-win
Biggest Winner is a win-win
When Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital initiated a weight loss contest in 2010 for adults in the St. Charles County area, they did not realize the impact it would have on the community.  More >
  • Teaching the teachers about nutrition
  • Caring for the community
  • A circle of friendship
  • Students preview health care futures
  • A foundation of support
  • Loss brings bonds, healing
  • C.A.M.P. for a cause
  • Generations connect for health
  • Bringing safety tips to life
  • Head to Toe gives kids hope
  • Meeting immunization needs
  • Music brings a respite
  • Preventing seasonal flu
  • Partnering to stop bullying
  • Protecting the skin you’re in
  • Kids on Track
  • Biggest Winner is a win-win

Community
Health Programs

Reaching beyond the hospital walls through health and wellness programs and community partnerships is an integral part of BJC’s commitment to the communities we serve. Whether it’s bringing city streets to a school gymnasium to promote safety, encouraging residents to focus on their health through weight loss or providing necessary health screenings to the uninsured, all of these programs are making an impact on the lives of those we serve. BJC hospitals and health service organizations contributed $24.6 million toward providing more than 632,900 individual community health programs during 2012.


$24.6 million
providing more
than
632,900 services

About BJC HealthCare

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. With net revenue of $3.8 billion, BJC serves urban, suburban and rural communities through 13 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice.