2011 Community Benefits
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the U.S. We provide primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers.
Children's Hospital supports the community in many ways. We offer programs and services that improve the health of children. In many cases, these programs operate at a financial loss.
In 2011, Children's Hospital invested more than $100 million to fund these important community benefits with the long-term goal of keeping all children healthy, happy and safe.
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An overview of 2011 benefits
$48,124,500: Medicaid and charity care shortfall
Staff at Children's Hospital help numerous parents with the forms and requirements to qualify their children with medical needs that are uninsured or underinsured for coverage under government programs. The primary program we work with is Medicaid. Medicaid shortfall during 2011 for the organization represents the difference between the cost of medical services provided to patients covered by Medicaid and the amount reimbursed to the organization. During 2011, this shortfall totaled more than $48.1 million. Charity care, which totaled more than $1 million, represents the cost of medical services provided to patients who did not have insurance or the financial means to pay for their care. The hospital did not pursue payment for these services.
$26,626,300: Health professionals education
Children's Hospital invests in teaching and training medical professionals through residency and fellowship programs, specialty training and clinical pediatric education. Through relationships with the Medical College of Wisconsin and nearly 20 schools of nursing, we are investing in the next generation of caregivers for our children.
$12,211,700: Pediatric research
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute was created to advance state-of-the-art pediatric health care through translational research programs to find life-saving discoveries and cures for diseases that affect children. Investigators at the institute helped Wisconsin become the first state in the nation to screen for a fatal immunodeficiency disease, made significant discoveries in juvenile diabetes and uncovered new ways to help blood clot for patients with hemophilia.
$4,532,600: Subsidized health services
We provide care important to families and children that isn't available anywhere else in our community.
$4,987,500: Community health improvement
Reducing health risks and promoting wellness helps keep children healthy and safe, keeping them out of the hospital. We have created and support numerous programs and services to promote long-term health.
$1,958,700: Financial and in-kind contributions
In addition to providing staff support and covering costs for much needed health care resources, we also support community health centers whose missions are aligned with ours – improving quality, access and coverage for the community's uninsured and underinsured.
$987,800: Community building activities
Additional community health education includes injury prevention programs like Safe Kids Wisconsin. This benefit also includes losses from participating in programs such as Tricare.