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Inland Hospital Community Benefit Overview

Inland Hospital Mission Statement
Inland’s mission is “to care for and serve our community” and we proudly live that mission inside and outside of the hospital and medical practices. We consider it a priority to contribute in many different ways to the health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve.

Principles of Community Benefit
To successfully achieve our mission, Inland commits resources, both financial and people, to maintain and improve our community’s well-being. Whether it is providing high-quality medical care regardless of a person’s ability to pay, offering free screenings at health events, awarding mini-grants to local organizations for community-building efforts, or being engaged on local boards and committees through a vibrant volunteer program, Inland is dedicated to our community.

Financial Assistance
It is Inland’s policy to treat all patients requiring care despite their ability to pay. Our financial assistance policy is maintained on the Inland website and notices are visible in key public areas.

Community Benefit Mini Grants
Through our Community Benefit Program, we award grants to organizations with strategies that align with Inland’s mission and key areas of interest. We give priority to health-related initiatives, programs or services serving vulnerable or underserved populations in the Greater Waterville area, and organizations that are working to strengthen quality of life through other community-building efforts to include, economic, educational, and cultural endeavors. Please email sdyer@emhs.org if you want to be notified when we begin to accept new applications for Community Benefit funding for 2015.

Community Collaboration
To manage the multitude of health-related and other challenges in the rural Maine community, Inland is committed to engaging collaborators to more effectively plan and implement initiatives aimed at improving health status and community well-being. Collaborators include the local Healthy Maine Partnership, community and social service agencies, schools, and many others.

Assessing and Prioritizing Community Needs
As a partner in the OneMaine Health Collaborative, Inland/EMHS conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which was published and disseminated in 2011.  An updated report presents findings of The EMHS Qualitative Stakeholder Survey disseminated in June of 2014 across eight Maine counties (Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, and Washington), OneMaine CHNA data published in 2011, and County Health Rankings data published in 2014.

For more detailed reports, please visit the Reports page.

Inland developed community health improvement priorities from the CHNA results and they are as follows:

Key health priorities:
  • Obesity prevention
  • Chronic disease prevention or management of diabetes, heart disease, or asthma
  • Access to care
  • Women’s health

Secondary issues include:

  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Dental health
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic Violence

Inland offers thousands of free health screenings each year at our major health events, World of Women’s Wellness and the Let’s Go! Family Fun Series, and at many other community events. 

Reporting Community Benefit
Inland and our parent organization, EMHS, publish a quarterly report on our Community Benefit activity. This report includes charity care and governmental underpayment, and also the value of health outreach and screenings, community-building efforts and more.

The report is published on the Inland and EMHS websites (see sidebar on right) and distributed to key stakeholders and local media. If you would like a copy, please let us know.

In addition, our Community Benefit activities and funding are documented in the non-profit 990 form to the IRS each year, as well as in our Annual Report to the community.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

If you have additional questions, please contact Sara Dyer at sdyer@emhs.org or 861-3027.

Thank you for contacting Inland Hospital.
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