This community health care organization fills a vital health care need for many low-income members of the community. When the hospital faced financial difficulties, it seemed possible that the facility would have to shut its doors. With additional persistence, guidance and support, that didn’t happen.
- A vital health care resource remained available to the community.
- By staying in operation, hundreds of jobs were preserved.
- Substantial support for the hospital from the state continued.
Providing medical care in an underserved community means that many people in the area have to rely on the nearest hospital emergency department instead of going to a primary care physician. Even for individuals who use other outpatient services, but who have limited insurance coverage, the hospital can wind up facing steep costs to provide the necessary level of support. Under this kind of strain, the organization was losing cash rapidly and facing possible closure. With pressure building from the community residents, the state was induced to provide support as CFGI led the hospital through its formal bankruptcy proceeding.
Handling more than 200,000 outpatient clinic visits each year, the medical facility serves a high proportion of people who have limited financial means. The hospital states that about 15% of its outpatient support goes to people who are uninsured and unable to pay, while 60% of paying individuals have Medicaid or managed Medicaid.