Dr. Lilie offers well-rounded care program for entire family

By Joanne Holmberg | July, 16 2008

Although almost 50 percent of Naturopathic Physician Amy Lilies’ patients are pre-menopausal and menopausal women seeking relief from symptoms, Dr. Lilie finds it very rewarding to help the entire family including men and children. Patients range from pre-school children to adults well into their 70s with ailments such as chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, and depression.
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John C. Lincoln Hospitals give back more than $31 Million

July 23, 2008

Part of more than $1 Billion in Community Care provided statewide by Arizona’s Hospitals
John C. Lincoln Health Network provided $31,171,687 in charity care, community health improvement services, community building activities and uncompensated healthcare to its community in 2007, according to statistics compiled by the Health Network for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.

Statewide, Arizona’s hospitals provide more than $1 billion in uncompensated care, community health improvement programs, subsidized healthcare services and other programs, according to a first-time statewide study unveiled by AzHHA. The 2007 AzHHA Community Benefits Study documents hospitals’ contributions to care for the uninsured, underinsured as well as programs and services that help improve the health of Arizona’s residents.

“This study demonstrates that hospitals are deeply imbedded in the social and economic fabric of their communities as well as the state as a whole,” said Dan Coleman, chair, AzHHA’s Community Benefits Advisory Work Group; member, AzHHA’s Board of Directors and president/CEO of John C. Lincoln Health Network in Phoenix. “Arizona’s hospital leaders believe that will continue as Arizonans who are weathering tough economic times turn to these hospital-sponsored programs for everything from medical care to the basics of everyday living.”

The 2007 AzHHA Community Benefits Study, which focused on FY 2006, revealed that participating Arizona hospitals together reached more than 1.5 million of the state’s residents – approximately 25 percent of Arizona’s population – in 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties with programs and services known as community benefits.

Hospital community benefits are defined as programs and services that address identified community health-related needs, regardless of source or availability of payment. They are intended to improve access to healthcare, health status and the use of healthcare resources. These programs are accessible to the entire target community regardless of ability to pay and likely would be discontinued if decisions about them were based only on financial considerations.

“John C. Lincoln has a rich tradition of providing programs and sponsoring services that go above and beyond traditional health care delivery to help serve the poor, prevent illness and injury and improve the overall health of our community,” Coleman said.
John C. Lincoln’s services are headlined by its Desert Mission, which includes a food bank that has served north Phoenix since 1927, the Children’s Dental Clinic and Community Health Center for the uninsured or underinsured, Marley House family resource center and nationally accredited child care at Lincoln Learning Center.

Community benefits are a tradition broadly embraced by Arizona’s hospital community, Coleman said. “Yet even with this history, many Arizonans are unaware of hospitals’ community benefit contributions.”

To build awareness of hospitals’ contributions that go beyond traditional healthcare services, John C. Lincoln is participating in “There to Care: Building a Healthy Arizona.”
This voluntary initiative, launched by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, enables the health care community to collectively quantify the ways in which our state’s hospitals contribute to healthier communities and provide care to the underserved.

“We are proud to participate in AzHHA’s community benefits initiative and to join other Arizona hospitals, representing a total of 86 percent of Arizona’s inpatient acute care/community, behavioral health and rehabilitation hospitals,” Coleman said.

“There to Care: Building a Healthy Arizona” demonstrates the positive impact of hospitals’ collective community benefit programs and services. For more information on the initiative, visit www.azhha.org/az_ hospitals_there_to_care/.