Silver Cross Community Benefit totals more than $39 Million in FY 2017

In 2017, Silver Cross Hospital's community benefit totaled more than $39 million, including $200,000 in healthcare scholarships, workforce development grants and quality of life initiatives to recipients residing in zip codes 60432, 60433, 60436. Pictured are area children from the Warren Sharp Community Center who created a community garden with the grant funds from the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

Silver Cross Hospital’s community benefit totaled over $39 million in fiscal year (FY) 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017). Included in the hospital’s community benefit was more than $5.1 million in charity care (at cost) in which Silver Cross does not expect payment from patients.

Additionally, more than $4.1 million in uncompensated services was provided through the government’s Medicaid program. Silver Cross Hospital’s FY2017 Community Benefit initiatives included:

• Pledge to Provide Free Care: In 2008, the hospital pledged to provide at least $4 million a year for ten years in charity care to serve the poor and uninsured in Will County. In the past ten years, over $71 million in care was delivered to Will County patients. That number reflects the actual cost of health care provided.

• Financial assistance: Silver Cross provides financial assistance to patients who maintain a household income up to 300 percent above the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, the hospital provides a 50 percent discount off of charges to all uninsured patients.

• Subsidized services and screenings: Silver Cross provided more than $1.1 million in other community benefit last year, which included free and subsidized health services, programs and screenings, and donations to more than 200,000 people in Will County.

• Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Resource Hospital: Silver Cross gave $612,000 to provide paramedic training, continuing education, and monitoring of ambulance services in Will and Grundy counties.

• Scholarships and grants: Through the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, the hospital awarded more than $200,000 in healthcare-related scholarships, workforce development grants and quality-of-life initiatives.

More than 50,000 individuals associated with local organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Community Service Council, Forest Park Community Center, Harvey Brooks Foundation, Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will County, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), National Hook-up For Black Women, Senior Services of Will County, Spanish Community Center, University of St. Francis and Warren Sharp Community Center were beneficiaries of Silver Cross’ investment in the community.

For a copy of the 2017 Community Benefit Report, visit Applications for assistance are also available online or by calling the patients accounts department at 815-300-7087. English- and Spanish-speaking financial counselors are available.