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CHI Health invests $208.7 Million into the community

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Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 11:09 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - CHI Health gave back $208.7 million in community benefits last fiscal year–the largest contribution in the organization’s 151-year history. The health system, comprising 14 hospitals and more than 150 clinics in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, posted the CHI Health Community Benefit Report 2021 on its website Dec. 20.

The largest investment, 83 percent, insured access to healthcare in communities served by CHI Health hospitals and clinics. The $173.3 million helped 208,953 uninsured or underinsured patients who could not afford to pay for healthcare services, and subsidized the unreimbursed cost of providing care for an additional 184,390 Medicaid patients.

Specifically in the Kearney area, served by Good Samaritan, 2,111 patients were supported through medical financial assistance.* While 3,457 patients were supported in the Grand Island area at St. Francis.**

The remaining, $35.4 million, was invested in internal and external services, programs and partner organizations to improve community health by focusing on healthy food, safe housing and workforce development programs.

The report begins with a letter from interim president and CEO Jeanette Wojtalewicz, MHA calling-out CHI Health’s most recent efforts related to the pandemic.

“I am incredibly proud of our CHI Health staff that continued to serve our communities with humankindness throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, we administered nearly 80,000 vaccines, performed over 92,000 tests and cared for 10,932 patients with COVID-19. We hosted virtual town halls, distributed hand sanitizers and masks to local congregations and provided resources for coping through these unprecedented times. Our free mental health crisis and referral line received 40,551 calls, averaging 922 calls for mental health and substance misuse treatment services weekly.”

Wojtalewicz goes on to say the health system’s mission is to serve and the organization was privileged to answer the call.

“Knowing many of our neighbors were hurting in ways not easily remedied by a single office visit or prescription; our system reached out to provide health and social care to those who needed it most.”

To read the full CHI Health Community Benefit Report 2021, visit https://www.chihealth.com/en/about-us/community-benefit.html.

*To read more about Good Samaritan and Richard Young Behavioral Health’s investment in the Kearney area community, including a letter from hospital president Mike Schnieders, visit https://www.chihealth.com/content/dam/chi-health/website/documents/communitybenefitreports/FY21_Community_Benefit_One_Page_Report_flyer_GS_RY_1121.pdf

**To read more about St. Francis and it’s Skilled Nursing Facility - Long Term Care Hospital investment in the Grand Island area community, including a letter from hospital president Ed Hannon, visit https://www.chihealth.com/content/dam/chi-health/website/documents/communitybenefitreports/FY21_Community_Benefit_One_Page_Report_StF_1121.pdf

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