Half of Nation's Hospitals Running Losses - But Community Benefit Continues

Despite a bleak financial outlook, St. Joseph Health System, Orange, CA is still committed to providing community benefit:

The foundation arm of St. Joseph was set to make a down payment on a healthier future this year. It had long planned to roll out a $3-million, three-year attack on childhood obesity in Orange County through medical screenings, as well as nutrition and exercise programs in schools.
[System CEO, Deborah Proctor,] said the organization proceeded with the effort in spite of the economic downturn in the belief that it would eventually pay dividends for the community. “We did not in any way back away from this program,” she said. “This was a key commitment for us.”

This is a bold, prophetic statement of hope.

(via) HealthLeaders Media

Michael Miller, Jr.