AMITA Health, a joint operating company of Ascension and AdventHealth, is committed to delivering compassionate care to nearly 6.6 million residents in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
The largest healthcare system in Illinois, it provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency care to more than 1.2 million people, including critical, advanced facilities, and specialized expertise not widely available. It is a strong economic driver and job creator as well, with thousands of jobs. But beyond this core commitment, AMITA Health makes ongoing investments in community benefit — millions in charity care, donations, community health services, education and more.
Its community benefit focus areas are access to care; behavioral health; chronic disease, including diabetes; behavioral health; nutrition; physical activity and weight; and the social determinants of health. Without the savings from the 340B program, AMITA Health would not be able to provide the needed care to the community. In fiscal year 2021, the 340B program benefits totaled $70.1 million.
The 340B program is a vital lifeline for safety-net providers like AMITA Health, supporting critical health services in communities and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable patients. It allows the system to provide outpatient charity prescriptions and ensure the continuity of care for all patients at discharge regardless of their ability to pay. It also allows the system to treat cancer patients who cannot afford to pay, provide care to low-income patients through emergency rooms, and provide extensive psychiatric services throughout the Chicago metro area. The 340B program also allows AMITA Health to reinvest additional resources into other community outreach programs, including programs to prevent diabetes, support new mothers and babies, and expand cancer services to underserved communities.
AMITA Health hospitals and caregivers are continuing to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities we are privileged to serve. AMITA Health hospitals provided more than $265.3 million in charity care during fiscal year 2021. The savings from the 340B program support our ability to continue to serve the most vulnerable including those enrolled in Medicaid, the uninsured and underinsured. Below are just a few examples of.
Programs enabled by 340B benefits:
- Charitable pharmacies: operates seven Dispensary of Hope locations serving uninsured populations with free medication across the state.
- Medical Mission at Home: historically held at least annually at multiple locations across the state, the event provides free medical, vision and dental services to those in need.
- Community health services.
- Dispensary of Hope in place at seven retail pharmacies.
- Post-discharge medications provided at no charge to qualified patients at nine retail pharmacies (~400K annually) system-wide.
- Pharmacotherapy clinic provides post-discharge medication therapy management.
- Mental Health First Aid Trainings: free evidence-based training on how to identify signs of a mental health crisis and where to route safely for treatment. Provided to community partners such as those directly working with youth, first responders and other community-facing agencies.
- AMITA Community Resources: free web-based service sponsored by AMITA to link those in need to other services related to their social determinants of health.