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In 2010, Ridgeview Medical Center’s physicians and medical and support staff gave more than $27 million in services and in-kind contributions to the communities it serves, according to a report recently released by the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Ridgeview’s free and reduced-cost programs and services ranged from charity care, free health screenings, health education, community health programs, in-kind donations to other nonprofit community health initiatives and more, according to a Ridgeview press release.

“One of the many ways Ridgeview demonstrates our mission is through our community benefit program,” stated Robert Stevens, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “We continually assess the needs of our five-county service area, identify service gaps and issues, use our resources, and work with other community groups to impact the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

In 2010, Ridgeview’s community benefit contributions included offering reduced-cost mammograms to eligible women, free lactation consultations to new mothers, discounts to the uninsured and underinsured, free prostate and skin cancer screenings, financial support to the Carver County Health Partnership and Westonka WeCAN service, and contributions due to the underfunding of Medicare/Medicaid.

In addition, Ridgeview provided free blood pressure checks to hundreds of people at health fairs, staffed community events with its ambulance and paramedic support, and sponsored initiatives to promote healthy lifestyle and family activities, such as the Walk on Waconia and city of Chaska 10K/5K run/walk event.

Ridgeview’s contributions are included in the statewide Minnesota Hospital Association report, which highlights the $3.4 billion in community benefit contributed in 2010 by Minnesota hospitals and health systems. According to the Minnesota Hospital Association:

* The most significant growth in hospitals’ community contributions is in the form of uncompensated care, which includes both “charity care” and “bad debt.” Charity care increased by 27 percent from 2009 to 2010, to $226.5 million. Uncompensated care increased by 4 percent to $496.5 million.

* Another driver of community contribution expenses is the actual cost of treating patients that exceed the payments hospitals receive from Medicare and Medicaid.

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, regional health care network serving the west-metro area. Its award-winning network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, numerous primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, specialty programs and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska. For more information, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org or www.twotwelvemedical.org.

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