A Message to Our Community
To Our Community,
Jeffrey A. Rivest
President and CEO
Hospitals in the State of Maryland are moving into the field of population health management to improve the health of their patients and local communities. The State of Maryland’s new Population Health Reimbursement System signals a fundamental change in the delivery of health care services in the state.
Both campuses of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) are increasingly expanding services to focus on population health management as a pathway to improve the health of our patients and surrounding community. The ultimate goal of population health management is to promote the overall health of a given population or community while also reducing health disparities by integrating public health principles into health care delivery. This approach necessitates addressing a broad range of health determinants including individual behavior, access to high-quality, high value health care to prevent chronic and acute diseases and enhancing the physical and social environments. By focusing on the upstream factors that affect health, population health management promotes wellness at the community level. We are proud to say that we have been involved in our community for over 30 years promoting health and wellness outside of our walls to improve the health and quality of life of our neighbors. In FY 2013, we jointly contributed over $241 million to community benefit programs and services, including over $73 million in charity care. Our total community benefit contribution represented over 20 percent of the Medical Center and 22 percent of Midtown’s total operating expenses, and $3 million more than our FY 2012 contribution.
We remain committed to our pursuit of excellence, delivering state-of-the-art care, and working with our community partners and the city and state to eliminate health care disparities in our community. We are excited to launch our new community health improvement programs this coming year focused on diabetes prevention and our cardiovascular intervention initiative.
This year’s report highlights a few of the services we provided to the community and we hope our dedication to making a positive difference in our communities clearly comes through.
Thank you for your support of the University of Maryland Medical Center. We pledge our continued commitment to enhancing the well-being of our community, both at our University Campus and our Midtown Campus and in a neighborhood near you.
On behalf of our devoted staff and physicians, we thank you for your interest in the 2014 Community Benefits Report.
Jeffrey A. Rivest, FACHE
President and CEO
Dana D. Farrakhan, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Community and Business Development
Brian G. Bailey
Senior Vice President and Executive Director
Donald E. Ray
Vice President, Operations