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Beyond the walls: How hospitals are reaching out to the community
Written by Delphos   
Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:29 PM

Hospitals have long supported their communities, offering educational programs, health fairs and caring for every emergency patient that passes through their doors. Today, they are becoming more strategic in their community service, developing innovative programs for addressing the health needs of the populations they serve.

“Caring for our patients doesn’t stop when they walk out of our walls,” said Leslie Spethman, gift officer/community relations liaison at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, which provided $104 million in community services in 2011, including charity care. “To reach people in the communities where they live is a good strategy for keeping people healthy.”

The Nebraska Medical Center collaborated with other health systems and area county health departments to conduct a community health needs assessment. It presents educational programs and conducts screenings, but its main focus is education.


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