How does Windom Area Health support our communities?
Windom Area Health provides more than healthcare services to Windom and the surrounding communities. We also collaborate with organizations to provide over $600,000 in community benefits.
The Catholic Health Association defines community benefits as a planned, managed, organized, and measured approach to a health care organization’s participation in meeting identified community health needs. The categories for community benefits include:
- Community Health Services – community health education, support groups, wellness and health promotion programs, health screenings or clinics.
- Health Professions Education – provide a clinical setting for undergraduate/vocational training and health professionals, internships and externships, scholarships/funding for professional education and job shadowing.
- Community Building Activities – cash and in-kind donations.
- Financial Data – financial assistance to patients, uninsured discounts, subsidized health services and costs associated with community benefit strategy and operations.
During the fiscal year 2019, reportable community benefits for Windom Area Health totaled $606,546. Of that amount, $34,175 was cash and in-kind donations to the following organizations:
|Windom Baseball Association||Windom Area Hockey Association|
|Schools including Windom Area, Mt. Lake Christian, Mt. Lake School and HL-O||Chamber of Commerce in Windom, Mt. Lake and Lakefield|
|City of Windom||Windom Fire Department|
|Windom Sharing Center||Windom Theatre|
|Hy-Vee||Good Samaritan Society|
|BARC||Cottonwood County Relay for Life|
|Grain Train||Riverfest and Pow Wow parades|
|Windom and Jackson Farm & Home Show||Windom Senior Dining|
|Windom Bike Rodeo||Westbrook Heritage Health Foundation|
|Worthington Hospice Cottage||Windom and Mt. Lake Crazy Days|
We provided on-site clinical education training for students from:
Minnesota West – Worthington and Jackson
College of St. Scholastica
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of North Dakota
Financial Assistance and discounts to uninsured totaled $239,632.
Windom Area Health is one of the major employers in Windom and we are proud to support the communities we serve.
Blog Written By: Kim Armstrong, Chief Financial Officer
References: Catholic Health Association. A Guide for Planning & Reporting Community Benefit. Washington, DC: Catholic Health Association of the United States; 2008.