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Ministry Health Care Community Report
Community Report

Ascension

Our Affiliation with Ascension

Ministry Health Care joined Ascension Health in April 2013, when all of the members of the Marian Health System became Ascension ministries.

Ascension Health is comprised of healthcare organizations originally founded by five religious congregations that include:

  • Daughters of Charity
  • Congregation of St. Joseph
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • Alexian Brothers
  • Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother

Today Ascension Health's associates are challenged to make a commitment to deliver on three promises:

  1. To create a sustainable, holistic healing environment that is safe, accessible, appropriate, adaptable and affordable
  2. To eliminate all preventable injuries and deaths
  3. To create 100 percent access to healthcare in communities that Ascension Health serves

Ascension is transforming healthcare by providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Last year, Ascension, through its subsidiary Ascension Health, provided more than $1.3 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs. Its Mission-focused Health Ministries now employ more than 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,500 locations in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Learn more about Ascension.

Published October 2014

 

Ascension Advocates for Reduced Drug Costs

The 340B Drug Pricing Program, which requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare providers at significantly reduced prices, is at risk. Only nonprofit healthcare organizations with specific federal designations are eligible to participate in 340B, and must provide drugs only to eligible patients.

To stress the importance of keeping this program intact, and following a July 2014 op-ed in Roll Call online by Ascension Health President and Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, “Placing the Health and Well Being of Patients First,” other Ascension Health Ministry CEOs have recently published op-eds stressing the local importance of 340B:

Ascension Health has 43 hospitals participating in 340B, which last year saved the organization $97 million. These savings supported Ascension’s Mission to serve all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable, and supported the organization’s provision of $1.5 billion in charity care for persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs in fiscal year 2013.

Published October 2014

Ascension Champions Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare

As healthcare organizations strive to serve their communities with greater quality and at lower costs, Ascension is helping lead the way by incorporating environmental stewardship into operations.

The economic benefit of environmental stewardship allows money previously spent on energy and waste management, for example, to instead be directed to our Mission of providing healthcare services to all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Even as Ascension has grown over the past three years, it has reduced its environmental impact through better management and reduced resource use in nine categories of environmental stewardship.

To share information about its success, Ascension participated in a one-hour online educational session on environmental stewardship offered by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The session on August 19, 2014 included two Ascension environmental stewardship leaders: Eric Buzzell, vice president, general services and property management for Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Lois Sechrist, LEED AP ID+C, senior analyst, Facilities Resource Group, Ascension Health.

They provided examples of how the Ascension Environmental Stewardship Program, established in 2011, provides a framework for its hospitals and Health Ministries to demonstrate cost savings, reduce the carbon footprint of the organization, and improve health outcomes for patients, visitors, staff and the communities they serve.

The framework includes:

  • Themes from Catholic Social Teaching that apply to the Church’s concern for the environment.
  • The “triple bottom line” — the ecological, social and financial benefits of green practices.
  • The “triple aim” — to provide better patient care, improve population health and reduce costs.

The presentation focused on case studies from the Health Ministries, including:

  • Energy-efficiency programs at Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee, that have reduced energy use intensity per square foot by 27 percent in four years.
  • Medical waste management at Borgess Medical Center that has resulted in four tons of landfill waste being diverted and $250,000 in cost savings.
  • A hospital-wide composting program at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, New York, which has reduced solid waste costs by 45 percent and provides animal food to low-income farmers in the region.
  • System-wide reduction in the use of bottled beverages, following a social justice program established by the Daughters of Charity.
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Healthcare certification by Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin and St. Vincent Fishers Hospital in Indiana.

Published October 2014