PRINCETON, N.J., June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Jersey hospitals and health systems support their communitieswith free and discounted healthcare services, community health improvement programs, education, research and other benefits valued at $2.75 billion, according to the annual report of community benefit programs from the New
The report, N.J. Hospitals Caring for Their Communities, tallies 2015 data across the state's hospitals and health systems. It looks beyond the value of the healthcare services provided by hospitals to the "value-added" contributions to their communities such as outreach programs on healthy diet and exercise, community health offerings like immunization clinics and health screenings, behavioral health programs like support groups, education for the next generation of healthcare providers, payments to their host municipalities in lieu of taxes and support for urgent needs in the community – such as providing Narcan to help prevent overdose deaths.
"Our hospitals are always open to provide healthcare services, but healthcare today is no longer centered in the hospital," said NJHA President and CEO Betsy Ryan. "Good health begins in the community, and this is a $2.7 billion investment in our towns and neighborhoods."
Data from the report is based on survey responses from 52 hospitals and then extrapolated to represent the broader contributions of New Jersey's 71 acute care hospitals.
The $2.75 billion in community benefits include:
View the full report at http://www.njha.com/media/413753/17-community-benefit-infographic-report.pdf and visit Keep NJ Healthy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keepNJhealthy to see more of the array of community programs provided by New Jersey hospitals and health systems.
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SOURCE New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)
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