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Sharp HealthCare provided more than $305M in unreimbursed benefits in FY2012

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When Darlene Jackson, a flight attendant and Alpine resident was faced with the challenge of working full time and caring for her 87-year-old mother, she turned to the Senior Resource Centers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital for help.

“My husband is a great support, but neither of us are experts at caring for the elderly,” Jackson said. “Fortunately, Sharp’s Resource Center has been a godsend.”

The Senior Resource Centers at Sharp Grossmont and Sharp Memorial hospitals offer numerous free health education programs and screenings for seniors on a wide variety of topics, including fall prevention, Alzheimer’s disease and medication management.

Jackson and her mother attended one of the fall prevention classes, which led to a referral to the Balance and Vestibular Program at Sharp Grossmont Rehabilitation. They have also attended classes and lectures on caregiving, diabetes, heart disease, colon cancer, eating right and hip/knee replacement.

The programs available through the Senior Resource Centers are part of the many unreimbursed and uncompensated services and benefits Sharp HealthCare provides to vulnerable populations and the broader San Diego Community, as outlined in its annual Community Benefits Plan and Report. The report is filed each year with California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), and is available to the public on www.sharp.com and on OSHPD’s website.

“Whether it’s securing funding for medications, supporting more than 100 community programs or providing medical services for those who are unable to pay, the people of Sharp are fulfilling our mission to improve the health of those we serve each and every day across San Diego,” said Mike Murphy, President and CEO of Sharp HealthCare.

“Our staff, volunteers, nurses and affiliated physicians are dedicated to providing the care and services these individuals need, making a tremendous difference in their lives,” said Murphy, noting that in 2012 Sharp provided free care to more than 4,000 hospital inpatients, nearly 127,000 outpatients and provided more than 1,600 free surgeries, with 70 percent of those surgeries requiring an extended stay within Sharp hospitals.

The entire scope of unreimbursed community benefits Sharp provided in San Diego County in fiscal 2012 totaled $305,335,000 and included:

* Unreimbursed medical care services: $294,833,000

* Other benefits for vulnerable populations: $2,490,000

* Other benefits for the broader community: $2,144,000

* Health research, education and training: $5,868,000

For more information about Sharp’s community benefits program, please visit www.sharp.com.

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