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(DENISON) – According to a recently compiled report from the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA), Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison provides $1,870,681 in benefits to the local community. Eighty-six percent of the benefit comes in the form of charity care or services the hospital provides to patients but does not collect payment.

“We are grateful to be able to provide support for many in our community who cannot afford health care. Our community supports our hospital in many ways. This is one way we can give back at a local level,” said Bill Bruce, CCMH President and CEO.

The IHA report noted CCMH provided $239,304 in charity care in 2016. When combined with $1,376,377 in uncollectable debt, CCMH provided a total of $1,615,681 in services without reimbursement.

CCMH also contributes to the community through donations to charitable organizations, free or reduced price services, and education. CCMH and its employees routinely support the Crawford County Relay for Life and other local causes with personal and organizational gifts. The annual CCMH Community Wellness Event provides a low-cost series of blood panels to residents seeking to maintain or improve their health. CCMH also offers education to the community through its partnerships with Denison-Schleswig Community Schools, Western Iowa Tech, the CCMH Girls Night Out event for breast cancer awareness, private dietary counseling with patients, and staff involvement with events and projects throughout Crawford County. These services provide local residents with a benefit calculated at $75,000.

CCMH volunteers annually donate almost 12,000 hours per year to staff its Patient Transportation Services and Auxiliary Gift Shop. These volunteer hours represent a value of more than $180,000 of free services donated to the community.

In addition to the community benefits provided by CCMH, the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County (HFCC) annually provides $10,000.00 in scholarships to employees to support their continuing education, training and certification; donates annually to the equipment needs of the hospital; and, provides a low cost alternative for residents to obtain clothing, housewares and related items through the operation of the Good Samaritan Center Thrift Shop.

The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences. All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are IHA members.