In the Community
Community Benefit Report
Addressing the needs of our community.
In fiscal year 2014, Sharp HealthCare provided $354 million in unreimbursed community benefit programs and services. This translates to one of every eight dollars of our net revenue being spent in direct support of the community. Highlights of our contributions include:
- Benefits for the broader community
- Benefits for vulnerable populations
- Health research, education and training programs
- Unreimbursed medical care services
Additionally, many of our team members individually volunteer their time and expertise to a wide variety of community initiatives and organizations.
Sharp hospitals use the findings from the triennial Community Health Needs Assessments to help guide the Sharp HealthCare Community Benefit Plan and Report, as well as individual Sharp hospital implementation plans.
Benefits for the broader community.
More than $2 million was contributed to provide the following services:
- Collaboration with local schools to provide experiences that spark interest in health care careers
- Community flu vaccination clinics and health screenings
- Support groups addressing a variety of community health needs, including mental health, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, parenting and grief and loss
- Participation in community health fairs and events addressing the unique needs of San Diegans
- Participation of Sharp leadership and staff in numerous community organizations, committees and coalitions to improve the health of the community
- Financial support to nonprofit community health organizations
- Emergency and disaster planning to protect the health and safety of the San Diego community
Benefits for vulnerable populations.
More than $2.3 million helped serve the San Diego community by providing:
- A fund for medications, transportation and other needs to assist patients who cannot afford to pay
- Community-wide efforts to ensure the safety of seniors in their homes
- Programming to increase health care access for low-income, uninsured and underserved patients, including San Diego's homeless
- Contribution of time to Just in Time for Foster Youth, Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and the San Diego Food Bank through the Sharp Lends a Hand program
- Financial and in-kind support for community clinics to improve health services
- Paid leave time for Sharp employees to provide health care and other supportive services to underserved or adversely affected populations across the world through the Sharp Humanitarian Service Program
- Transportation for patients to and from medical appointments
Health research, education and training programs.
More than $4.8 million helped provide:
- Education and training programs for medical, nursing, pharmacy and other health care professionals
- Sponsorship of health-related programs, classes, professors and clinical experience at San Diego State University; University of California, San Diego; Point Loma Nazarene University; Southwestern College; and other academic institutions
- Education and support for the professional health care and research communities around evidence-based practices for health care delivery, and effective and responsible research conduct
- Contribution of outcome-based research studies to enhance industry knowledge and practice of quality health care delivery
Unreimbursed medical care services.
More than $345 million was contributed in the following ways:
- Financial support for onsite workers to process Medi-Cal eligibility forms
- Uncompensated care for patients who are unable to pay for services
- Unreimbursed costs of public programs such as Medi-Cal and Medicare
- Utilization of savings from the 340B Drug Pricing Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to offset patient care costs for the most vulnerable patient populations
The Community Benefit Plan and Report is a testament to the care that Sharp provides to the San Diego community — care that extends above and beyond medical services.
To learn more about the positive impact Sharp physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers have on the San Diego community, read the full Sharp HealthCare Community Benefit Plan and Report, Fiscal Year 2014 (PDF).
To learn more about Sharp's involvement in the community, visit Community Programs and Health Education.