Community Benefit Programs
In 2011, Woodland Healthcare provided $18,295,295 in unsponsored care and programs for the benefit of our community. Unsponsored care includes costs of care for persons who are poor, the costs associated with caring for Medicare, Medicaid and other government program beneficiaries, and costs for services our hospital subsidizes because they are not offered anywhere else in the community. The remaining community benefit expenses may also include health professions' education and research, clinic services, health promotion and disease prevention programs, grants and donations of cash or services to non-profit organizations.
Woodland Healthcare’s educational and direct healthcare community benefit activities are listed below. These programs/services are provided in response to the priority needs of the community, which include prevention and management of chronic disease, cancer prevention, outreach to the low income, homeless and senior populations:
Woodland Healthcare focuses on disproportionate unmet health related needs and improves access to care, by providing prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured patients. This is a separate program from the overall charity care provided by the hospital as part of its mission.
“Healthy Lives” Diabetes Education
The diagnosis of diabetes has become a national health epidemic for both young and old. Diabetes is a chronic health condition extensively reliant on self management (healthful diet, regular exercise, stress management, and medication adherence) to avoid further complications or death. Woodland Healthcare provides ongoing diabetes education through a program called “Healthy Lives”. Six week intensive classes are offered and targeted to the Spanish speaking population in Yolo County. Classes are taught in Spanish and English, 5 -6 times per year at various locations, with 20 attendees per class. Local partnerships for speakers and diabetic supplies have been a success for the program. Patient follow up after classes end, is also included for maximum patient compliance and success. For more information on “Healthy Lives” classes, please call 530.669.5540 or visit the classes and events section of our web site.
Woodland Healthcare offers support groups to cancer and stroke patients, their family and friends to assist in coping with the diagnosis, treatment and side effects of cancer and stroke. For more information about our support groups, please call 530.669.5540 or visit the classes and events section of our web site.
Chronic Disease Program
Woodland Healthcare also offers a Chronic Disease Self Management Program, which is a series of six workshops designed to empower participants living with chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. For more information about our Chronic Disease Program, please call 530.669.5540 or visit the classes and events section of our web site.
The Congestive Heart Active Management Program (CHAMP), targets patients diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, post heart attack, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure. Hospital staff members meet with patients before discharge to explain the program and offer enrollment. Regular phone calls are made regarding weight and blood pressure changes, pain, medication side effects, and other complications. Staff members make recommendations for diet, medicine modification, or physician visits. Follow up is conducted with physicians. Program goal is to reduce Emergency Department and hospital admissions by 5%.