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Our Community and Financial Impact
Over $91 Million Worth of Benefits
In fiscal year 2019, Methodist demonstrated its commitment to improving the health of our communities through various programs, initiatives and donations designed to accomplish one or more of these goals:
- Improving access to health care services
- Enhancing the health of the community
- Advancing medical or health care knowledge
- Relieving or reducing the burden of government or other community efforts
Over $91 million worth of benefits were provided to the community in 2019. The distribution of resources can be seen in the chart below, followed by more information on each category.
Cash and In-Kind Donations
In keeping with our responsibility to bring health care to our communities, Methodist collaborates with other providers, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to provide time, resources, clinical expertise, leadership and financial contributions.
Funds and in-kind services are donated to community organizations to target those areas identified in our Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Methodist reviews all requests to fund programs and projects that benefit our community.
All requests must be in writing and can be submitted using the form on our contact us page. One of our representatives will respond to your request.
Community Benefit Operation
The community benefit staff helps enhance the overall community benefit program and oversees the day-to-day operations, reporting, planning and evaluating of community benefit programs and events. The multidisciplinary staff oversees programs that are budgeted and outlined in the Implementation Strategy and collaborates with other health organizations and businesses to develop programs and events that target the top community health concerns of the CHNA.
See our Implementation Strategy and CHNA.
Methodist Speakers Bureau
Methodist speakers give their time and expertise to provide education on health and wellness topics to community churches, businesses, organizations and schools. Speakers provide presentations on a wide variety of topics, including:
To schedule a speaker, call (402) 354-6767.
Community Building Activities
Methodist is one of the largest employers in the area, employing nearly 8,000 individuals. We also have a growing list of over 260 community partner organizations, and our staff holds leadership roles on boards of directors, committee chairmanships and nonprofit organization memberships.
As leaders in the community, we participate in the Greater Omaha Chamber, Habitat for Humanity, the Women’s Center for Advancement, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, the North Omaha Community Care Council, the South Omaha Community Care Council, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Heart Association and other organizations that strengthen the infrastructure of our communities.
Community Health Improvement Services
Methodist joins more than 260 organizations to improve the health of our communities. Learn more about the health services provided through our community outreach programs.
Methodist makes treatment available to everyone who presents themselves for care, regardless of race, creed, lifestyle or socioeconomic status. Our commitment to providing care is evident in our financial assistance policy, our staffing, funding of the Methodist Community Health Clinic and many other policies and programs.
In keeping with our charitable mission, people who cannot afford to pay for care may be eligible for free or discounted health services. Learn more about how to qualify and apply for financial assistance.
Health Professionals Education
Methodist provides or covers the cost of education for its physicians, interns and residents, medical students, nurses and nursing students, pastoral care trainees, and other health professionals when that education is necessary for a degree, certificate or training that is required by state law, an accrediting body or a health profession society.
Methodist offers job and career shadowing to prospective students and sites for clinical rotations for nursing, medical students and other allied health students.
Methodist Hospital is the site of more than 80% of the clinical experiences of students from Nebraska Methodist College's nursing and allied health programs – including Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), Master of Science in nursing (MSN), and programs in radiography, sonography, phlebotomy, physical therapy, surgical technology and respiratory care.
Continuing Education Units
Nebraska Methodist College provides no-cost continuing education units for all Methodist clinical staff.
Residencies and Rotations
Methodist supports the graduate, undergraduate and technical education of health care professionals through the provision of clinical settings, medical residencies, surgical rotations, internships and scholarships.
Medical residents receive graduate medical education at Methodist clinical entities for a wide variety of specialties, including surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, head and neck surgery, urology, OB/GYN, gynecologic oncology, family practice, and internal medicine.
Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Fremont Health work closely to align eligible patients with national research studies designed to advance medical knowledge, prevent disease and improve outcomes. All hospitals also participate in national research protocol groups, when applicable, that provide physicians and patients access to and guidance on the use of investigational drugs and therapies.
Subsidized Health Services
Methodist provides these clinical programs and services despite a financial loss. They include Emergency Department services, behavioral health services and the Methodist Community Health Clinic.
Unreimbursed Medicaid and Other Public Programs
Uncompensated care is the cost of medical services for which a health system does not receive payment from government payers, insurance companies or patients. Uncompensated care would include any unreimbursed care.
Unreimbursed Medicaid care is the shortfall created when the amount paid by the government-sponsored program is less than the health system’s actual cost to care for the patient. This payment shortfall is not the same as a contractual allowance, which is the full difference between charges and government payment. Other public programs include federal, state or local health programs where eligibility for benefits or coverage is determined by income or assets.