Aurora Health Care
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Aurora Health Care invests $1.9B in its communities in 2022

Serving communities across Wisconsin, the health system is committed to removing barriers to care and addressing a range of factors that influence health and wellness.

By - Nov 15th, 2023 11:32 am

Driven by its purpose to help people live fully, Aurora Health Care contributed $1.9 billion in charitable care and services last year. The investment, up 20% from a year earlier, includes free and subsidized care for low-income populations, as well as programs aimed at addressing social factors that impact health.

As part of the third-largest nonprofit health system in the nation and one of the largest providers of community benefit in the industry, the contribution represents a portion of Advocate Health’s total $5.9 billion in community benefit.

In Wisconsin, a range of programs and services in underserved communities focus on driving safer, higher-quality care and enhancing overall health and wellness.

Aurora Health Care has long invested in community development to enhance critical services, such as access to nutritious food and safe housing, that lead to improved health outcomes for patients and communities. In 2022, it provided more than $73,000 in support to food distribution organizations in Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Manitowoc Counties. Meanwhile, Aurora’s Safe Home Environment program serves survivors of domestic violence and helps provide pregnant women in need with a safe place to live.

“These robust and critical programs reflect our commitments to making a difference beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics by advancing health equity for our patients, teammates and other community members,” said Bill Santulli, president of Advocate Health – Midwest, which includes Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin.

Community investments include free care for low-income patients, undercompensated care for those on Medicare and Medicaid, and costs related to medical education and research, among other programs and services. Additionally, 2022 contributions included:

  • Subsidized health services including trauma and behavioral health services, screenings, immunizations, school-based health care and other community outreach programs
  • Education to train physicians, nurses and other health professionals
  • Volunteer services provided by teammates
  • Contributions of equipment and supplies

“I am proud of the work of our teammates in, once again, setting a record for community benefit and caring for our communities in a way that sets us apart as a national leader,” Advocate Health CEO Eugene A. Woods said. “Whether providing free care to thousands of low-income patients through our financial assistance programs, training the next generation of the health care workforce, investing in affordable housing or bringing virtual care to underserved communities and Title I schools across our footprint, our North Star has been and always will be how we are making our communities better.”

“Our investments, which reflect the unique and evolving needs of our patients and communities, are guided by our commitment to be a force for meaningful social impact,” Advocate Health CEO Jim Skogsbergh said. “We are particularly proud of our many programs that aim to eliminate barriers to health and wellness.”

Read more about Advocate Health’s community investments.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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