"Thank you and your team for the donation of books to give to our rising 3rd graders. We appreciate your support in helping our students get books in their hands!"
St. Peters Elementary
Fort Zumwalt School District
When second graders in public school districts served by BJC HealthCare packed up their desks after the school year ended, they had a brand new book to take home to encourage summer reading. Called the BJC Book Brigade, this wide-reaching book donation is a new BJC community outreach program that recognizes the important impact that education has on long-term health outcomes. Schools, teachers and students across the area expressed their excitement about the Book Brigade in letters like the one above from Fort Zumwalt School District.
Reflecting the kind of community benefit that reaches beyond charity care and traditional community health programs, the Book Brigade is an inventive effort to make our community and our world a better place.
It was one small piece of BJC community benefit efforts totaling more than $751 million during 2016. Those contributions ranged from free medical care to scientific research funding to school nurse programs to a new college scholarship program, as BJC looks for more ways to make the world a better place in any way we can.
2016 Total Community Benefit
Charity care: $114.2 million (at cost)
Unreimbursed Medicaid: $175.7 million (at cost)
Charity-eligible care: $80.1 million (at cost)
Education of health professionals:
$181.7 million (16,613 students)
Medical Research: $.45 million
Subsidized services: $132.6 million
Emergency response planning: $2 million
Community partnerships: $51.9 million
687,882 individual services