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Community Benefit

Dayton Children’s was built on the hopes and dreams of some very dedicated community leaders who wanted a children’s hospital in this region so children did not have to travel far for specialized health care.  With this founding spirit, Dayton Children’s continues to deliver on its mission to improve the health status of all children regardless of the ability to pay.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, Dayton Children’s provided more than $20 million in programs and services that benefited our community.  These community benefits are above and beyond the compensated care provided on our main campus and in our community locations and illustrate our sincere dedication to the pediatric population in our 20-county service area.

As the region’s only pediatric hospital, we:

  • Serve as the community's safety net hospital by caring for all children regardless of their ability to pay, while providing and subsidizing hospital and community-based services that are either limited or unavailable elsewhere in our community.
  • Serve as a voice for children through public policy advocacy to change laws, policies or systems leading to the improvement of health and safety for children and families.
  • Join with community partners and lend support throughout our region to improve the lives of children and their families.
  • Train future doctors and health care providers to become the next generation of high quality, professional pediatric experts.

At Dayton Children’s we are committed to living our mission to improve the health status of all children. Our community benefit activities demonstrate this commitment to our community’s children.

Community Benefit

Investing in kids...investing in our community

In fiscal year 2011-2012, Dayton Children’s provided more than $20 million in programs and services to support kids in our community. In the hospital’s immediate vicinity, children who are not patients often need care through screenings, vaccinations, and health and safety education. These programs illustrate our unwavering commitment to care for the kids in our community.

Charity care and unreimbursed medicaid
We live our mission to serve all children, regardless of their ability to pay. As a not-for-profit hospital, we know that status comes with a price; the price is that we must always do what is in the best interest of the patients and the community.

Medicaid is the nation’s largest public provider of health insurance to low-income families and children. Nationally, children’s hospitals provide 44 percent of care to children on Medicaid. At Dayton Children’s, nearly 60 percent of patients are covered by Medicaid.

Children insured by Medicaid typically require extra care than other patients due to various socioeconomic factors. However, Medicaid only reimburses Dayton Children’s roughly 70 cents on the dollar of costs. Dayton Children’s is responsible to make up the difference.

We report the unpaid costs of Medicaid programs, reflecting the shortfall from government payments versus our actual costs to provide the care.

Community health improvement services and operations
Dayton Children’s commitment to making the lives of children better is a key part of our mission. Each year we collect data to determine where and how the children in our region need our help. These community health improvement programs allow us to prevent injuries, improve health literacy and engage the community in health and safety programs.

Outreach programs include Safe Kids Greater Dayton, Stay Ahead of the Game helmet giveaways, helmet fittings, car seat checks, health fairs and speaking engagements. Dayton Children’s also actively participates in asthma and smoking cessation programs, healthy lifestyles projects and special needs programming.

This category also includes the costs for our MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center, which offers information and support for families so that they can become better advocates for their children’s health.

Health professionals education
Educating tomorrow's healers is an important mission of Dayton Children’s. As a teaching hospital, Dayton Children’s hosts approximately 50 medical residents from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine each year. This valuable learning environment provides the community and medical students important skills that can only be developed at a children’s hospital.

In addition, Dayton Children’s houses this country’s only civilian/military integrated pediatric residency program with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This unique partnership offers military residents experience with a wide variety of patients from different ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic settings. Training resident physicians involves significant costs far beyond those usually associated with patient care.

Cash and in-kind contributions to community groups
Dayton Children’s contributes to charity events and non-profit organizations that share our mission and improve the quality of life for children and families in our community. Organizations assisted by Dayton Children’s include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio, March of Dimes, AIDS Resource Center of Ohio, Prevent Blindness Ohio and more.

Subsidized health services
Dayton Children’s supports several clinical programs offered despite financial loss because they meet an identified community need. These specialty programs include pulmonary, endocrinology, hematology/ oncology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, nephrology, urology, surgery, neurology, developmental pediatrics and our Children’s Health Clinic.

By providing a full complement of pediatric subspecialties, children in our region have access to the comprehensive care they need without having to travel outside of our community.

Total Community Benefit FY 2011-2012

 Financial assistance


 Community health improvement services and operations


 Health professionals education


 Subsidized health services


 Cash and in-kind contributions to community groups


 Total community benefit expense Fiscal Year 2011-2012



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