Community Benefit

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Beyond the inpatient care and outpatient services it provides to the community, Griffin Hospital has a history of community service and social responsibility dating back to its founding in 1909. In 1970, Griffin established one of the first hospital Departments of Community Health in the country to focus on the health and well being of the community it serves, providing a variety of health screenings and preventive programs and services.

2009 Griffin Hospital Community Benefit Report:  Executive Summary »

In total, Griffin Hospital provided more than $12 million in community benefit in 2009. A summary follows:

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2009

Charity Care Provided:  
$2,026,456
Unpaid Cost of Medicaid:  
$3,937,103
Unpaid Cost of Medicare:  
$1,316,489
Unpaid Cost of Champus:  
$5,406
Community Health Improvement Services:  
$823,502
Health Professions Education:  
$980,564
Subsidized Health Services:  
$1,841,614
Research:  
$1,045,200
Financial and In-Kind Contributions:  
$6,879
Community Building Activities:  
$53,440
Community Benefit Operations:  
$22,964
Total Community Benefit:  
$12,059,617

Community Health

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Griffin uses the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center's Community Health Profile (CHP) to track trends in the health of our local communities and to help address programming and policy-making decisions. The Profile is an efficient and meaningful way to track causes of morbidity and mortality among residents of communities in the Naugatuck Valley Health District and the Pomperaug Health District, along as well as the state’s three largest cities (Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven), as compared with Connecticut as a whole.  The Profile features a reports generator that allows users to create custom reports by selecting a subset(s) of data by year, location and category.

Valley Parish Nurse Program

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The hospital established the Department of Community Outreach and Parish Nursing to fulfill its healthy community mission and goals. Through this department, Griffin Hospital sponsors and provides operational leadership for the Valley Parish Nurse Program (VPNP), one of the largest parish nurse initiatives in the country. Parish nurses are persons of faith who are experienced registered nurses, and who have received special education in holistic health care. They have skills in teaching and health counseling as well as knowledge of community resources. The parish nurse promotes wellness within the congregation, enhances the church’s outreach ministry, and strengthens the awareness of the connection between faith and health.

2010

Total Resident Contacts:  
53,248
Community Sites Served:  
588
Health Screening Recipients:  
14,360
Number of People Referred for Care:  
10,010
Education/Wellness Programs Offered:  
1,321
Attendees of Education/Wellness Programs:  
33,624
Support Group Attendees:  
684
Bike Helmets Provided and Fitted:  
1,511
Pedestrian Safety Program Participants:  
1,016
“Germ Buster” Infection Control Prog. Participa:  
2,137
Drug/Alcohol/Smoking Prevention Calendars Distribu:  
3,600
Drug/Alcohol/Smoking Prevention Prog. Participants:  
5,697
Infant/Booster Car Seats Provided and Installed:  
353
Child Passenger Safety Education Program Participa:  
1,642
People Trained in CPR:  
3,884
CHIP (Childhood Identification Program) Participan:  
547

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