Community Benefit Report FY2010

Community Benefit ReportDear Neighbors,

If you are familiar with The Chester County Hospital and Health System, then you know our roots have been firmly planted in the heart of the County since 1892.

We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, making us unique among our Chester County healthcare peers. This status gives us the flexibility to listen to the health needs of our neighbors and to act upon them swiftly.

For nearly 120 years, our Hospital has been fulfilling its mission to serve the healthcare needs of our community. We realize that we cannot rely on our history alone to demonstrate the benefit that we bring to our community. We recognize that today's neighbors have different health concerns, needs and expectations than those from 1892 or even 2002.

Our community shared with us that there was a gap in the quality of healthcare in parts of the county, especially for our neighbors who speak English as a second language. With a Medical Staff that surpasses 500 physicians, The Chester County Hospital was able to identify the right physicians with the best qualifications to serve the community to provide greater equality and accessibility to care, helping residents to proactively manage their health.

Our community expressed a need for high-quality obstetric and gynecological services for uninsured or underinsured women. In fact, this has been an ongoing need for more than 30 years. Our Ob/Gyn Clinic is the only Hospital-based prenatal service for women in need. It continues to surpass national standards for effectiveness and quality, but makes an even bigger impact on the health of local mothers and their newborns.

Our community has a great understanding about the role family history plays in their health, but needed local health education resources. We have established many different types of screenings, educational courses and wellness programs - many of which are free - to teach people about their risks and symptoms of disease. With this knowledge, our neighbors can then effect change within their own lives and their families.

Through this Report on Community Benefit, we are sharing a snapshot of what we've learned, how we've responded and the results we've witnessed in fiscal year 2010. Although this is the first time we have documented the extent of our charitable care and community outreach programs in a publication such as this, we have been supporting the health needs of our community for more than a century. We have always considered it to be our responsibility as your community-based Hospital to provide you accessible, affordable and state-of-the-art medical services.

Thank you, in advance, for your support of our health programs. If there is any health need you feel we should address in your community, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Our best,

William W. Wylie, Jr.
Chairman, Board of Directors

Michael J. Duncan

Published: The Chester County Hospital and Health System Community Benefit Report 2011

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