ENCINITAS — Scripps Health, through Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, invested $47.7 million into community benefit programs and services in coastal North County during fiscal year 2013, according to a recently released report.
While the largest portion of its community benefit efforts in coastal North County went toward uncompensated care ($47.1 million), Scripps also invested in training for new physicians, health screenings, health education, support groups, blood drives and other important community needs through Scripps Encinitas. At Scripps Encinitas, uncompensated care for 2013 included $41.7 million in under-reimbursed care (underpayment from Medi-Cal, Medicare and other government programs); $4.65 million in charity care (for people without insurance who did not qualify for government assistance); and $791,000 in bad debt (failure to pay by patients whose health care was not classified as charity care).
Scripps Encinitas also invested $370,140 in professional education and health research. It devoted $184,870 toward community health services, including community building activities such as the Young Leaders in Health Care for high school students, and prevention and wellness programs such as breast cancer, stroke and brain injury support groups.
The 2014 Community Benefit Report is the system’s annual response to Senate Bill 697, a 1994 state law that requires private, nonprofit hospitals to document the full range of community benefits they provide on a yearly basis. Scripps takes this legislative requirement a step further by incorporating community benefit activities from throughout the system, including Scripps’ five acute-care hospital campuses, home health services, wellness centers and clinics.