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Community Benefit



Community Benefit is Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center’s effort to meet the healthcare needs of the people in and around Lincoln. Providing Community Benefit is an important part of our mission to build healthy communities. While Community Benefit programs provide special attention to the needs of people who are poor and disadvantaged in our community, they truly deliver an improved quality of life for you, and everyone who lives in our area.

Dear Friends, Every day, all of us at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center strive to provide quality care and compassion to everyone who walks through our doors. However, providing care within our walls is not enough. We extend our healing ministry outside our facilities by reaching deep into the community to increase the quality of life for all of us, in and around Lincoln. This reaching out is what we call Community Benefit, and it’s an important part of our mission. We invite you to learn more as you continue reading this booklet. Sincerely,

Robert J. Lanik Saint Elizabeth Chief Executive Officer

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What is Community Benefit?

Stacy Mackenzie can focus on her family, thanks to Health Hub.

“I had no idea where to turn. I was trying to find bus passes and some help paying for my medications.” – Stacy Mackenzie

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New Options Stacy Mackenzie was running out of options. The 42-year-old mother of 2 had worked as an LPN for 16 years; but, when her multiple sclerosis took a turn for the worse, she lost her job. Then, she lost her marriage and almost lost her home. “I had no idea where to turn,” Stacy says. “I was trying to find bus passes and some help paying for my medications.” She turned to Health Hub where a patient advocate helped Stacy connect to programs she didn’t even know existed. With housing assistance, Stacy moved her family into a more affordable home. Now, she can focus more on being a mom and less on how to pay for “basics.” Health Hub opened in October 2010 inside the Center for People in Need. Their goal is to connect uninsured and underinsured community members to available assistance for healthcare and other needs. Through a mission grant from Catholic Health Initiatives, Saint Elizabeth Foundation is helping fund this project with a three-year grant of almost $315,000.


Meg Trewhitt, Kristi Perrotto, and Carly Hunt from the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute all helped with the breast cancer screenings.

– Melenia Wilson Melenia Wilso n

Breast Cancer Screenings When Melenia Wilson of Lincoln found a lump in her breast, she was anxious. Without health insurance, she didn’t think she’d be able to see a doctor for quite a while. Then, she found out the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute offers free breast cancer screenings at People’s Health Center. “I just wanted someone to tell me if there was really something there, and a plan to help me,” Melenia says.

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“. . . a plan to help me.”

The Saint Elizabeth Foundation received grant funding from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This allows the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute to offer breast cancer screenings for women in our community who wouldn’t be able to pay for them otherwise.


A continuing education program for EMTs is essential.

in Emergency Situations As first responders in emergency situations, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) need to be prepared to assess and react quickly to many life-threatening dangers. To help them treat their patients efficiently and effectively and to stay abreast of medical conditions and treatments, a continuing education program for EMTs is essential. Using video conferencing technology, EMTs throughout the state can access no-fee, monthly continuing education programs from Saint Elizabeth without the additional costs of travel and time-off from work. Most of the instructors are Saint Elizabeth employees, and topics have included everything from the early treatment of heart attacks to the essentials of water rescue. Other topics have included complications in obstetrics, managing sports injuries, burn treatment and pediatric emergencies.

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First Responders

Because most EMTs throughout rural Nebraska are volunteers and have other work obligations during the day, the educational sessions take place in the evening. EMTs attend at their local hospitals which are linked through the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. The training helps the volunteer stay current on their continuing education requirements—and helps them care for patients in the best way possible.


“We suffer as a whole person, so we treat the whole person.” – Dr. Connie Beehler, board certified in Palliative Care

Thank you.”

Empowering Patients

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“We were so grateful for the level of understanding demonstrated by Dr. Beehler and her staff. It is astonishing how much time these wonderful people were willing to spend with us – answering questions – listening and providing support.

through Palliative Care Palliative care treats the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. People in our community who are dealing with chronic or life-threatening medical problems find the quality of their lives improved by the Saint Elizabeth Palliative Care program. The goal is to relieve suffering and address physical, emotional and spiritual needs at any time in the course of a serious illness, even if the underlying disease cannot be cured. Saint Elizabeth is committed to sponsoring our Palliative Care program. Sometimes, we receive valued donations from grateful patients or funding from a grant. Currently, a $300,000, three-year grant from the Saint Elizabeth Foundation is allowing us to expand palliative care services in our community and to minority populations.


“I’m so glad they had the new equipment and that they took care of me as fast as they did.” – Annette Lawrence, heart attack patient

Heart Attack Care Paramedics used new, diagnostic-quality EKG equipment to send Annette Lawrence’s heart data directly to the Saint Elizabeth Emergency Room physician—right from her living room. It confirmed almost immediately that she was having a heart attack.

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When every minute counts, new equipment helps physicians make decisions sooner, instead of waiting until a patient arrives.

When every minute counts, the new equipment helps physicians make decisions sooner, instead of waiting until a patient arrives at the Saint Elizabeth Emergency Room. Since paramedics began using it, cardiac patients are treated an average of 10 minutes faster. When it comes to rapid response to heart attack, Saint Elizabeth is proud to consistently have times that are superior to the national benchmark. Donors to the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, including the Community Health Endowment, provided funds for the new wireless EKG equipment, and Annette Lawrence is just one of many who have discovered firsthand the value of that community benefit.


Hundreds of premature infants in the Saint Elizabeth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) take advantage of a Follow-Up Program after they “graduate” from the NICU. They benefit from three years of developmental screenings at a clinic started by Dr. Jeanne Garvin.

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The Follow-Up Clinic is celebrating 25 years of developing healthy families. Chances are, someone you know has benefited from Dr. Garvin’s program.

“It’s all so gratifying…and also fun!” – Dr. Jeanne Garvin




Community Benefit for People of Low Income Charity Care Helping support personal and family missions by covering necessary medications and medical costs for those who otherwise could not afford them









Community Health Improvement Helping advance science and technology through research for cutting-edge treatment options



Health Professional Education and Research Training student nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals, Lincoln Medical Education Partnership and similar programs











Unpaid costs of Medicaid and other public programs Subsidized health services

Total for Low Income

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Community Benefit for Broader Community

Financial and In-Kind Contributions Supporting programs and not-for-profit organizations which offer services to underserved citizens or others in need Community Benefit and Building Activities

Total for Broader Community Total Community Benefit


Who We Are Founded more than 120 years ago, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is a full-service, 260-bed nonprofit regional medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Saint Elizabeth has been selected as a Top 100 Hospital® in the nation by Thomson Reuters five times and has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing since 2004. Saint Elizabeth is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Saint Elizabeth is nonprofit. This means we: • • • •

Use any money left over after we pay our bills to improve health. Serve people in need, including those who cannot afford to pay. Collaborate with others to improve health in our area. Advocate for healthcare for everyone.

Cor e Values Reverence • Integrity • Compassion • Excellence

2010 Community Benefit Report  

To Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Community Benefit is an effort to meet the healthcare needs of the people in and around Lincoln....

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