Texas Health has a strong philanthropic history and is proud of our employees and their commitment to giving back to the community.
Being a good corporate citizen is how we do business as a faith-based, nonprofit health care system.
As representatives of Texas Health, employees are encouraged to become actively involved in the community by sharing their time, talent and expertise. All communities need access to quality health care, education and tools to enhance well-being. That’s why we work hard to identify and address our communities’ needs through:
In addition to working closely with executive and senior leaders systemwide, we also coordinate with Government Affairs, Human Resources, Community Health Improvement, Marketing and Communications and the Texas Health Resources Foundation to drive strategic community investments and creating high-impact partnerships in the communities we serve.
We Support Local Nonprofits That Address:
As a nonprofit health system, Texas Health must provide at least 5 percent of our net patient revenue back to the community in the form of charity care and community benefit.
But it’s not just our mandate, it’s part of our mission. We feel called to address pressing community health needs.
Supporting Patients and the Community
We use excess revenues made available via our tax-exempt status to support patients and the community in a variety of ways. Our charity care and community benefit support include:
Texas Health provided $852 million, or almost $2.3 million a day, in charity care and community benefit, exceeding the Texas nonprofit requirement by nearly 21 percent. Additionally, we continued supporting several Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) projects, which are part of the state of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver. These projects include clinics, emergency department navigation, chronic disease education and management, behavioral health screening and referral, mobile cancer screening, palliative care and medication management, among others.
Combined, these projects have served thousands of people who are primarily Medicaid beneficiaries and low-income, uninsured. Specifically, we have:
Charity Care and Community Benefit
|Patient charity care1||$174,878,698||$165,719,173||$242,330,749||$241,422,458||$256,026,406|
|Cost of unreimbursed government-sponsored indigent health care2||$30,428,913||$21,946,439||$66,133,325||$58,527,190||$42,338,364|
|Charity care provided through others||$44,053,911||$49,022,054||$47,742,611||$51,056,212||$64,178,930|
|Sub-Total Charity Care||$249,361,522||$236,687,666||$356,206,685||$351,005,860||$362,543,700|
|Other Community Benefit Care|
|(Community Health Improvement program, cash and in-kind donations, and value of employee volunteer hours)||$28,000,808||$22,545,619||$24,356,324||$25,345,815||$31,889,676|
Translating the spiritual aspect of health care is part of our culture and purpose.
Our pastoral care team provides spiritual support and guidance during important life events and in times of need. They offer a place for patients, families and our employees to talk about their concerns, grieve, pray, or manage their emotions after loss or trauma.
Providing Hope and Healing
We believe there is something greater than both ourselves and medicine that can provide hope and healing to our patients. At Texas Health, we welcome the diversity of religious faiths and different ways people nurture their spirits. Our pastoral care team of 17 staff chaplains, eight chaplain managers and three chaplain directors provide spiritual support throughout our organization and in North Texas congregations. Each entity also has a chapel that provides a quiet place for employees, visitors and patients to pray, worship, meditate and simply breathe. Other sites also have meditation gardens to use for reﬂection and a positive break.
Our chaplains provided spiritual care services to more than 143,000 patients, family members, employees and staff during the year. We also made internal improvements to strengthen pastoral care delivery and effectiveness systemwide.
Our Faith Community Nursing (FCN) program promotes well-being within our communities, which span 16 counties in North Texas. Because Texas Health is a nonprofit and faith-based, working within congregations is a natural extension of our Mission and Vision.
Wellness, Prevention and Wholeness
Faith Community Nursing promotes wellness, prevention and wholeness before, during and after disease. The program serves the faith community, creates safe and sacred places for healing, and advocates for compassion, mercy and dignity. FCN is executed through volunteers — unpaid registered nurses and health promoters who give time and expertise outside of their jobs. Texas Health recruits and trains volunteer nurses and supports them in caring for members of their home congregations, where they:
Driven by a “local knows best” philosophy, FCN volunteers survey congregations on their health interests and needs to determine programs and activities – all within the context of faith support. They then plan and promote health education events; distribute health information; offer blood pressure screenings; connect individuals with community resources; or lead support groups as needs arise. Services are provided free of charge.
Public policy affects Texas Health’s ability to enhance health care delivery and strengthen our capacity to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.
From preserving health insurance coverage for North Texans, improving care quality and patient safety, ensuring ongoing funding sources, to providing access to care for people living in underserved areas, our ability to engage policymakers is critical to sustaining our organization and effectively caring for millions of people each year.
Active Engagement in the Public Policy Process
As Texas Health works to innovate and advance health care, we cannot ignore the uncertain political climate in which we operate. Our leadership in the public policy process is critical to our Mission, Vision, and Values and serves the best interest of our communities.
We believe active engagement in the public policy process is our social responsibility, which is why we help facilitate the enactment of sound public policy that helps strengthen our ability to achieve our Mission. Our advocacy strategies include:
By leveraging the impact of our programs, services and resources, we provide a unified voice for the organization at the federal, state and local levels.
Texas Health was active during the year advancing public policies during the first session of the 115th Congress, the regular and special sessions of the 85th Texas Legislature. See below for our key efforts.
As a faith-based nonprofit, Texas Health relies on financial contributions to help fulfill our Mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.
Whether improving how care is delivered or supporting the medical education of the next generation of caregivers, our Foundation engages generous donors to help us address critical community health needs.
Providing Critical Resources
The Texas Health Resources Foundation raises funds that support clinical, educational and research programs across the system. We fundraise year-round using a variety of strategies, programs and events. These include niche programs that support single initiatives to golf tournaments and galas.
The Texas Health 365 Fund helps to close the gap between technological advancements and our ability to provide critical resources. Contributions help fund nursing education and patient care programs, as well as medical equipment and technologies. Additionally, we lead two employee-giving campaigns every year:
Generous employees, former patients and their families, corporations and external foundations generously bestowed more than $7.4 million to the Foundation during the year. An additional $640,515 was donated to the Texas Health 365 Fund, which will allow us to continue delivering lifesaving care and services to people across North Texas, such as:
Our Associates campaign broke records, with employees donating more than $1 million. Since the campaign’s inception, more than $13 million has been raised for new facilities, technology and continuing education. Through our Community Employee Giving campaign, nearly 3,200 employees raised more than $875,000 to support worthy causes in the communities where they live and work.
In addition to supporting our partner agencies like American Heart Association, March of Dimes and local food drive beneficiaries, employees gave almost $71,000 to hurricane relief through the American Red Cross and Texas Hospital Association Employee Assistance Fund.
In 2018, Texas Health will launch a campaign that will help infuse funding for our new Community Impact initiative, which will focus on addressing health disparities. We also plan to raise funds to support community outreach and health education programs.