St. Luke’s provides more than $1.7 million in community benefitsPublished 9:29am Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We then submit a report to our state of North Carolina outlining those services, which are considered community benefit programs.
The annual community benefits report demonstrates how St. Luke’s Hospital goes above and beyond our mission to deliver essential healthcare services.
Each year, we are struck by how much the idea of helping our community is woven through St. Luke’s Hospital and the services we provide.
To name a few, St. Luke’s Hospital has sponsored or participated in: HealthTalks with local physicians; The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; hand-sanitizing stations at area festivals; smoking cessation and asthma education; and numerous health screenings for high blood pressure, fall risks, colorectal cancer and breast cancer.
Our professional staff has provided various health and education classes as well as health fairs and kids’ fairs; most all are free to the community.
Our capability to provide health education and prevention, support and participation, we believe, is essential to the well-being of our community and is an integral part of nonprofit hospitals’ tax-exempt purpose.
These contributions are fundamental to our mission and why we exist.
As a resident of this county and a long-time hospital administrator, I am well aware of the importance of having local access to medical care, 24/7.
We are extremely fortunate to have access to emergency care, preventive and diagnostic services, surgical capabilities and nursing care that enable patients to stay closer to home, family and friends for their medical and nursing care.
At St. Luke’s Hospital, we are proud of the vital role we play in our community. The healthcare services and Community Benefits our hospital provides are critical to the health, wellbeing and quality of life here in our Carolina Foothills.