Created in 2007, Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation, a subsidiary of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, is a non-profit organization charged with the goal of identifying innovative ways to ensure that residents, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured in the greater Houston area, have access to the care they need.
For more than 104 years, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, has been caring for individuals and families living in the greater Houston. Known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation, Memorial Hermann employs nearly 25,000 employees and medical staff to support 11 hospitals and a vast network of affiliated physicians, specialty programs and services. Facilities include: Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the teaching hospital for The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and one of the nation's busiest Level I trauma centers (the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center caring for both adult and pediatric patients); TIRR Memorial Hermann; Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital; 8 acute care community hospitals; Heart & Vascular Institutes; the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute; and the Mischer Neuroscience Institute. The system also operates cancer, imaging and surgery centers, a Wellness Center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community, a nursing home, the Life Flight® air ambulance program and the city's only burn treatment center.
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System contributes more than $330 million annually in uncompensated care, and through the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation, provides support to community initiatives to increase access to healthcare such as its award winning Health Centers for Schools program profiled in "Healthcare that Works: The Center for Health Transformation's Best Practice Compendium." In 2008, the Houston Independent School District inducted Memorial Hermann into its Hall of Fame.
Historically, Memorial Hermann has been an active participant in addressing barriers to healthcare access. The Community Benefit Corporation offers programs that save lives and money, provide vital healthcare to the uninsured through innovative, community-centered programs and help seniors, individuals and families learn how to navigate the healthcare system more efficiently and judiciously. New programs are piloted, and proven programs are replicated in the community that include initiatives to: remove barriers to healthcare access; increase and strengthen the primary and specialty care infrastructure; provide education and increase healthcare awareness; and improve the use of preventative medical services.
Serving large populations of the uninsured and underinsured often means the Community Benefit Corporation and its community partners must bring healthcare to those in need through a variety of programs that address the common barriers to healthcare such as low income, lack of knowledge regarding available healthcare, transportation, and inability to take off work. To fund the Community Benefit Corporation, Memorial Hermann commits $5 million dollars annually. Behind every dollar provided as a community benefit is the story of a child, or parent, adult or senior accessing healthcare they might not otherwise.
- We collaborate with others to improve the community's infrastructure for the uninsured.
- We focus on children.
- We embrace innovative approaches.
- We are advocates at the local, state and national levels to achieve 100% access to basic care.
- We support educational efforts focused on prevention and appropriate use of our community's healthcare resources.
- We measure the outcomes of each effort and only sustain and expand those with demonstrable outcomes.
- We are committed to engaging our employees, volunteers and medical staffs in our efforts.