Giving Back to the Community
Allegiance Health has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community by investing significantly in wellness and prevention services in addition to traditional acute care services. Because we believe our services should be accessible to all people in our community regardless of ability to pay, we provide care for the uninsured, with little or no reimbursement for ourselves. We also offer financial assistance to low-income patients. Health education, research and other activities that are tailored to the needs of our community are financially sponsored by Allegiance Health.
In recognition of our long-term commitment to community service programs, Allegiance Health was awarded the 2010 Foster G. McGaw Prize by the American Hospital Association. This distinction is received by only one hospital or health system per year.
Community Benefit Investment
Every year, Allegiance Health makes a significant investment in our community by providing low-cost or cost-free services and education, touching thousands of people each year. Many of them share their stories with us, revealing how profoundly our programs have impacted their lives. You can see a full breakdown of this investment in our annual Report to the Community.
We hear stories of people who can not afford medicine to control their diabetes, who have received help through our Community Medication Assistance Program at little out of pocket expense. We’re told of people whose life-threatening conditions were discovered through one of our free community health screenings, who were able to receive follow-up care before the condition worsened. Individual stories like these are examples of the reason we are so passionate about continuing our tradition of supporting community benefit programs.
The resources supporting these programs represent an investment in the community and a commitment to serve those in need. This investment is an extension of our mission as a not-for-profit, community-owned health system. To learn even more about how we use our resources, please view our IRS Form 990.
Health Improvement Organization
Many of the community benefit services noted in the table above are offered through the Health Improvement Organization (HIO). Formed in 2000 by Allegiance Health, the HIO promotes a culture of wellness and prevention in the Jackson region. The HIO is a collaboration between Allegiance Health and more than 30 other health and community service organizations. It has created a Community Action Plan to prioritize and address pressing health needs, particularly for people who are underserved.