IU Health Arnett Details Community Impact

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Indiana University Health Arnett in Lafayette says its community impact in 2012 topped $56 million. The health provider says the total includes more than $23 million in free or reduced-cost care.

November 22, 2013

News Release

Lafayette, Ind. -- Promoting injury prevention, certified car seat technicians at Indiana University Health Arnett offer free car seat checks, 365 days a year.

"I have seen parents cry when I gave them a car seat for their child. Many people are in situations where they do not have a lot of options and are grateful for our help. I have seen little kids be delighted with their car seats, and it makes me feel good to see them leave safer than when they arrived," says Terri Jones, Childbirth Educator and Lead Child Passenger Safety Technician at IU Health Arnett Hospital.

IU Health Arnett completed 1,039 free car seat inspections in 2012, resulting in approximately 520 hours of team members' time to help ensure children are properly secured when traveling in cars. These are just a few of the tens of thousands of Hoosiers who were aided by IU Health Arnett's community benefit initiatives in 2012.

Community benefit highlights

• Free or reduced-cost care ($23.4 million)

• Community health improvement initiatives ($94,883)

• Health professions education ($940,164)

• Financial and In-Kind Contributions ($308,345)

"More than ever, it is vital that we bring access to quality healthcare to the community outside of our hospital walls," said Al Gatmaitan, CEO, IU Health Arnett. "In 2012, we continued to identify proactive ways to accomplish this. As a part of the largest healthcare provider in Indiana, we make it a priority to improve the health of our patients and our neighbors throughout Indiana."

Other 2012 community benefit highlights:

• IU Health Arnett hosted a Health & Safety Fair attended by approximately 400 local residents. Participants took advantage of free bike helmet giveaways, and approximately 100 people received free child identification bands. 80 people benefited from complimentary blood pressure and cholesterol screenings with 33 attendees identified as high risk and referred for further evaluation.

• As a part of the hospital’s dedication to supporting education outcomes in the community, 15 IU Health Arnett team members devoted approximately 120 hours to the Read to Succeed program. This program works to help children develop and enhance literacy skills through utilizing community volunteers in the classroom.

• IU Health Arnett donated more than $100,000 to non-profit community organizations in 2012. Some of the groups included the Lafayette Medical Education Foundation, the United Way of Greater Lafayette and the Indiana Bloom Center Bone Marrow Registry.

A copy of the complete 2012 IU Health Community Benefit report is now available at iuhealth.org/getstrong.

Source: Indiana University Health