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Community Benefit at Union Hospital
Union Hospital has been serving communities in west central Indiana and east central Illinois for the past 120 years. Union Hospital serves 275,000 people in both urban and rural areas; Clay, Greene, Sullivan, Parke, Vermillion and Vigo Counties in Indiana along with Clark and Crawford Counties in Illinois make up our primary service area as it relates to community benefit. The majority of families in our service area fall significantly below the national and state median household income.
As the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider between St. Louis and Indianapolis, we are proud to be the safety net hospital for our community providing $33.1 million in Charity Care and an additional $41.9 million in patient bad debt for a total of $75 million in uncompensated care in fiscal year 2011.
Our benefit to the community is far reaching, Union is the largest employer in Vigo County employing 2,300 people with salary and benefits totaling $145 million in our last fiscal year. In 2010 we opened the doors to our $185 million hospital addition the single largest building project in Terre Haute history. But, our commitment to our community goes far beyond the walls of the hospital. Those same 2,300 employees are not just caring for our patients, they are caring for our community. In 2010 alone they gave over 16,000 hours their time volunteering.
Community Benefit at Union Hospital Clinton
Union Hospital Clinton is a critical access hospital that serves mostly residents of rural Vermillion and Parke Counties in Indiana. With a combined population of 33,000, many residents in Vermillion and Parke county face challenges in accessing health care. Union Clinton helps ease that burden for people living in these rural counties. For many rural Americans, access to specialty medical care is not an option. Given the current rural health delivery system, the cost of accessing quality healthcare often exhausts available resources. Shortages of providers are particularly severe in Indiana's rural areas. Sixty percent of Indiana counties (55 of 92) are located in rural or non-metropolitan areas. Twenty-six of the 33 rural counties in Indiana are partially or completely medically underserved or have shortages of health professionals.
Union Hospital's true impact in our community is our dedication to our mission: "We exist to serve patients with compassionate healthcare of the highest quality." This is a mission that our organization lives, as seen by our continuation of services to reach those in need.