By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital got a little help with its Charity Care Program, also known the Financial Assistance Program, last week, when West Milton State Bank donated $5,000 to the program, which provides a discount to low-income families who need care.
“It is based off of (patients’) income level and we match that up to federal poverty guidelines,” said Amy Rosinski, director of patient accounts at the Lewisburg hospital. “They (patients) are eligible for a discount of 100 percent or down to 25 percent.”
Patients who qualify are often paying expenses out-of-pocket, Rosinski said.
The Charity Care Program has discounted $688,224 in care for nearly 560 patients, according to the hospital. In total, the hospital provided $5.9 million in uncompensated care in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Rosinski said.
“(Uncompensated care) includes our bad debt, which includes anything that patients didn’t pay for for whatever reason,” she said.
The Charity Care program covers any service done at Evangelical Hospital, Rosinski said.
“It covers any type of service done through Evangelical,” she said. “Anything done within the premise of the building, whether its inpatient or outpatient services.”
The hospital allocates a certain amount of money to the Charity Care program each year, but also accepts donations to help offset the costs, Rosinski said.
Anyone looking for more information on the Charity Care Program should visit Evangelical’s website, at www.evanhospital.com, Rosinski said.
The website states the hospital “will make available a reasonable amount of Financial Assistance Services to persons eligible under applicable Federal Community Services Administration Guidelines.”