October 2010 posts
My first doctors visits yields a dozen aha moments. what have I done to myself and how in the world can I dig out of this hole?
Congratulations are in order for the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory for attaining Accreditation by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation board of ABRET. We are the first and only Lab to receive Accreditation in Washington State and one of only 10 labs west of the Mississippi. Accreditation means the Lab has met strict standards and is recognized as a place where patients and physicians can have confidence they are receiving quality diagnostics. Thanks for all the great work and CONGRATULATIONS to everyone on the team who made this possible!
-Colleen DouvilleDirector for Cerebrovascular Ultrasound Program Manager for Clinical Neurophysiology
The neurophysiology laboratory at Swedish is a critical component to the Epilepsy program.
In this quarterly series of letters, Perspectives, we’ve examined several issues and trends that impact the future of health care. But one of the great untold stories we have yet to discuss is the difference philanthropy makes.
While there is endless debate over the government’s role in health care, one thing you don’t hear much about is the role of philanthropy. Yet behind the scenes, private individuals throughout the country are doing their part to strengthen the health-care safety net by making charitable donations to community hospitals and health-related causes. It’s a spirit of generosity that is quietly transforming – and helping to save – nonprofit health care in the United States.
Philanthropy critical to nonprofit mission of hospitals
There was a time when hospitals considered philanthropy “nice to have.” But today, charitable gifts are critical to the mission of every nonprofit health institution. Even as hospitals work to reduce expenses and operate as efficiently as possible, the funding they receive from Medicare and private insurance companies still doesn’t come close to covering the true cost of meeting the health-care needs of local populations.
The generosity of private individuals and foundations makes it possible for nonprofit hospitals to serve the uninsured and indigent populations. It also supports vital health programs and services, and helps fund needed facilities and equipment upgrades. Just as important, philanthropy also goes towards innovations in health care, ranging from new treatments and techniques to new models of delivering care. (In fact, some of the greatest medical advances of the last century have been funded through philanthropy.)
Still, hospitals throughout the country have felt the impact of the economic downturn on their fundraising initiatives. According to the National Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, about 85 percent of hospital respondents said they were negatively affected by the recession and about half failed to reach their fundraising projections in 2009.
Swedish experiencing unprecedented support