History of Hospital F
Hospital F is a for-profit, mid-sized institution (50-200 beds) providing acute care, general services to the South Atlantic region. Hospital F was established 50 years ago by local physicians seeking more autonomy in how they treated patients. Hospitals E and F are owned by the same parent company.
By the 1990s, Hospital F was minority-owned by its current for-profit system, but majority-ownership was held by a partnership of local physicians and investors. The hospital’s current system and the public health system launched bids to acquire Hospital F. Despite the public system offering a higher bid and promising to lower prices for patients, the current system won. Subsequently, Hospital F moved to a new site closer to population growth along the interstate. Its new location is one of the fastest growing communities in the US.
The hospital is an urban community with between 50,000 and 75,000 residents. The community is predominantly middle-class with about 75% of the population identifying as non-Hispanic White and the remainder divided amongst Black and Latino residents. Educational attainment by residents is average for the US. A typical resident is likely in their late fifties, less likely than the average American to own their own home and has an average household income between $40,000 and $60,000. Median property values are +$200K.
Hospital F is in a state which had a decades-long history of CON laws that was repealed recently. The state is amongst the top five in the nation for the percentage of all hospitals in the state being for-profit. About half of all hospitals are for-profit. The percentage of for-profit hospitals will likely grow due to the recent change in regulation.
Hospital F as an Anchor Institution
Hospital F, a mid-sized hospital without a trauma center, faces competition from one of the nation’s largest nonprofit hospitals with ten times its employees and ninety times its revenue five miles away. Staff cite cultivating trust with area residents as an institution that provides medical care as a motivation for engaging in community benefits activities. In order to balance that motivation with a finite pool of resources for outreach and engagement, leadership is strategic about the mix of health and non-health related community outreach programs they support. Staff evaluate whether to invest resources in a community engagement program by the opportunities they afford for extended interactions with potential future patients.
Hospital personnel report that leadership has a supportive attitude toward community outreach programs. Staff, however, face the challenge of keeping the public abreast of Hospital F’s contributions to the community. For example, Hospital F is a major employer, contributing between 50 and 75 million dollars yearly to the community through salaries, wages, and benefits, which staff try to highlight in outreach. Hospital 6 personnel welcomed the possibility of releasing a report of Hospital F’s community outreach efforts in order to raise public awareness and encourage dialogue between hospitals about best practices.
- Hospital annually awards $50,000 total divided up into lesser grants for local organizations.
- Hospital sponsors national and local health outreach organizations, fundraising walks, community celebrations, support groups, Chamber of Commerce, local business alliances, K-12 education, higher education, literary programs, libraries, STEM programs, high school sports, club sports, afterschool programs, singing group, rotary club, Humane Society, YMCA, blood bank, symphony, senior centers, interest groups, ROTC.
- Hospital partners with the American Heart Association, Chamber of Commerce, local business alliances, American Cancer Society.
- One of largest employers in the community. Employs between 700 and 900 caregivers.
- Coordinates annual women’s health symposium featuring lectures by female and minority physicians.
- Executive leadership serves on organizational boards like the Chamber of Commerce, interest groups, American Heart Association.
- Hospital hosts health education seminars where attendance ranges between 200-500 participants from the community.
- Hospital provides physical meeting space for organizations and support groups.
- Hospital hosts STEM mentorship programs for female and minority students. Funded the establishment of a robotics program at a local public school.