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June 12, 2014

Presence hospital honors employees

DANVILLE —Presence United Samaritans Medical Center recently announced the recipient of the Brightest Star award, the Clinical Nurse Excellence award and recognized years of service at the annual Employee Service Awards Banquet.

Jess Jenkins, a Transport employee, was named The Brightest Star, or employee of the year.

He was selected from the 12 2013 monthly Shining Star recipients.

Terri Jaggers, RN, Cardiology, was presented with the Clinical Nurse Excellence annual award.

She was selected from 11 nominees.

Employees who reached various years of service also received recognition at the award banquet.

Those with anniversary dates for every five years of service to the ministry were honored, and more than 100 were recognized in all.

Julie Powell was recognized for 45 years of service, and four employees celebrated their 40th anniversary with Presence United Samaritans Medical Center: Elza Hackett, Nancy Inman, Nellie Jeske, and Trina Miller.

Contributions

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center contributed more than $12.3 million in community benefits to residents of the Danville area and helped a total of 58,507 people last year.

The Presence United Samaritans community benefits for the Danville area include:

• $4.4 million in Financial Assistance (at cost), the cost of providing free or discounted health services for those who could not afford to pay and met the criteria for financial assistance.

• $6.2 million in Medicaid Shortfall (at cost), the unpaid costs of public programs for those with low income or a disability.

• $1.6 million in Community Benefit Services, programs and activities to improve community health, educate health professionals, conduct research studies, provide subsidized clinical services and support community organizations.

Additional benefits include more than $8 million in bad debt (expenses for which services were provided but no payment was received) and $2.2 million in Medicare shortfall.

In total, Presence Health contributed nearly $200 million in community benefits statewide and helped more than 563,000 people according to the system-wide 2013 Community Benefit Report, which was recently released.

The 2013 Community Benefit Report is available on the Presence Health website at presencehealth.org/community.

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