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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 under served 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. The grant application timeframe for 2016 has yet to be finalized; please watch this website for updates. Click here to view a press release for the 2015 Community Benefit Mini Grants.

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
EMHS and Inland Hospital have enjoyed a long history of working in partnership with healthcare, public health, and community partners to identify health issues and opportunities for collaborative community health improvement. In 2015,  research to identify and prioritize community health needs was sponsored by a statewide public-private partnership including EMHS, Central Maine Healthcare, MaineGeneral Health, MaineHealth, and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2015 Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (Shared CHNA) Reports are now available by county and statewide on the EMHS website. These reports provide an in-depth look at population health status, risk factors, barriers to care, demographics, and social factors affecting Maine communities. They also include qualitative responses from a broad sample of stakeholders. Together, this data provides unique perspectives on the collective health of Maine people.

Inland's Community Health Improvement Plan
Inland’s Community Health Improvement Plan helps us focus on key priorities and strategic outreach efforts in our community.  Based on the Shared CHNA results, community input, and EMHS system-wide initiatives, we will identify priority community health issues, set goals and local implementation strategies for 2016.  Please revisit this page for updates.

Community Health Activities
Inland offers thousands of free health screenings each year for major health events, like our annual World of Women’s Wellness and at many other community events. Inland's LET'S GO! Family Fun Series offers activities and education for families with children on living a healthier life, and connects families to resources in their community for becoming more active.

Reporting Community Benefit
Inland and our parent organization, EMHS, publish an annual 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.

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 inlandcr@emhs.org or 861-3293.