Community Benefits Report

The Senior Intensive Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital helps Jenny Alvarez’s mother-in-law cope with the loss of her husband. Helping Older Adults Cope: Jenny Alvarez's Community Benefits Story
The Senior Intensive Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital helps Jenny Alvarez's mother-in-law cope with the loss of her husband.

Addressing the Community's Needs
In fiscal year 2013, Sharp provided $331.3 million in unreimbursed community benefits programs and services. This translates to one of every nine dollars of Sharp's net revenue being spent in direct support of the community. Highlights of Sharp's contributions include:

Additionally, many of Sharp's 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 Benefits 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

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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 and Safety Net patients
  • 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

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Health Research, Education and Training Programs
More than $6.6 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

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Unreimbursed Medical Care Services
More than $320 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

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For More Information
The Community Benefits 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 Benefits Plan and Report, Fiscal Year 2013 or the Executive Summary. To learn more about Sharp's involvement in the community, visit Community Programs and Health Education.

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