Pocono Medical Center’s Community Benefit Reaches New Heights
East Stroudsburg, PA (January 21, 2016) – Pocono Medical Center’s vision towards building a healthier community becomes clearer as its community benefit for fiscal year 2015 significantly surpasses any past year with over $35 million.
Pocono Medical Center’s community benefit for fiscal year 2015 has increased 28% from fiscal year 2014 with a total of $35,519,958.88. “These contributions are not only a true measure of Pocono Medical Center’s growth, but its investment in its community, its dedication to serving the community, and its vision of improving the quality of life as the region’s most trusted name in healthcare,” said Geoffrey M. Roche, MPA, Director of Community and Government Relations at Pocono Medical Center.
Pocono Medical Center’s community benefit includes free, uncompensated care to patients who could not afford to pay; the provision of care and free transportation for the elderly and the poor not paid by Medicare or Medicaid, direct patient care, community health education, professional and patient education, and community partnerships in its community. The devotion and hard work of Pocono Medical Center’s employees, staff, and committed volunteers is demonstrated through the following:
• 374 hours of community service
• 173 families served by Nurse-Family Partnership
• 100+ total community outreach and education events
• 64,763 hours that all 492 PMC volunteers dedicated to serving patients
As a true driving force in the local economy, Pocono Medical Center is named as the third-largest employer in Monroe County providing over 2,000 jobs with 70% of those employees being Monroe County residents. These numbers are also sustained by over $1 million towards professional and patient education and publications, over $325,000 in community partnership and support, over $40,000 in community education and prevention, and the development of the Healthy Living Program as Pocono Medical Center’s premier, free program providing life-changing health information and access to medical services available through leading experts, fun and informational activities. In living out PMC’s vision to build a healthier community,90% of PMC’s community benefit comes directly in the form of Patient Care to under and uninsured residents and through charity care.
As Pocono Medical Center continues to assess the needs of its community and grow with its community, its support will only excel to new heights. On that same token, on January 26th, 2016, Pocono Medical Center will host its annual meeting “Excelling to New Heights” from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Serenity and Tranquility Conference Rooms of the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center to openly discuss the growth of Pocono Medical Center and how it plans to grow with you in the future. There will be dinner and refreshments provided. To learn more about the event, or to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pocono Medical Center has served the Pocono Mountain region for over 100 years, marking it as one of Monroe County’s largest employers with more than 230 physicians and now over 2,000 staff employees. Pocono Medical Center has three comprehensive healthcare centers located in Bartonsville, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville each offering imaging and lab services. In addition, Pocono Medical Center has 19 primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region. Pocono Medical Center offers a full continuum of care from clinical and acute care services to specialized services ranging from endocrinology, neonatology and perinatology to pulmonary, neurology, bariatric, general, orthopedic, and even minimally-invasive surgery with our da Vinci® robotic surgery. Homecare and hospice services are also available through the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice. U.S. News & World Report recently named Pocono Medical Center among the top 10% of hospitals in Pennsylvania and as a Best Regional Hospital including two High-Performing Hospital recognitions in both heart failure and heart bypass surgery. Pocono Medical Center’s ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute offers a full breadth and depth of cardiovascular services, including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, cardiac angioplasty, open-heart surgery, and minimally invasive heart procedures as well as vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation services. The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center offers a variety of treatments and alternatives, including state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment and medical and radiation oncology. Pocono Medical Center is a designated, accredited Primary Stroke Center providing stroke care via telemedicine. In addition to Pocono Medical Center serving as one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, it is also the only fully-accredited Level III Trauma Center in the Commonwealth as well as the sole Trauma Center program for all of Monroe County and its surrounding communities. For more information or to learn more, please visit our website at poconohealthsystem.org, or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/poconomedicalcenter.