As a not-for-profit community health care provider, Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) plays a vital role in the community by reinvesting millions of dollars back into the Kansas City area each year. SMH supports the community in a variety of ways.
Individuals who are in a particularly difficult financial or personal circumstance may seek relief by applying for reduction or elimination of their charges for medical service at SMH. In 2007, $7,752,406 of charity care was provided to individuals who could not pay for their hospital services. In addition, pharmaceuticals were provided to impoverished patients when they were dismissed from the hospital.
SMH supports a variety of social, educational and civic organizations who share its health care mission. In 2007, the hospital provided support to numerous agencies and organizations, including the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley School Districts. SMH also supports nearly all metropolitan Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations.
Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County
SMH is one of numerous area hospitals that support the operational budget of the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County. SMH physicians and nurses also volunteer their time and expertise to serve uninsured, low-income patients who do not qualify for Medicaid. In addition to direct budget support, SMH provided $210,209 in free services for hundreds of patients from the Health Partnership Clinic.
ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center
The trained nurses at the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center, 913-676-7777, are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since 1986, the nurse and referral specialists have helped more than three million callers, providing health information, advice for medical concerns, physician referrals and class registrations. In 2009, ASK-A-NURSE responded to 131,121 calls and e-mails from community members.
Community Health Education
SMH provides a variety of health education opportunities made available through the Center for Women’s Health, Life Dynamics, Parent Education and other health education programs offered by SMH. Educational programs are presented at SMH and a variety of locations through the community.
Community Support Programs
The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center serves approximately 150 children annually, from birth to age 6, who are developmentally disabled. No child is refused service for financial reasons. The Foundation develops partnerships with other organizations to help meet important community needs and raises money to help Shawnee Mission Health enhance its care to patients. In addition, support groups are provided for those inflicted with cancer, heart disease, or those who’ve lost a child at birth. While these services do not financially support the Medical Center’s operations, they impact the community significantly and help SMH to achieve its fundamental mission of service to society.
Shawnee Mission Health provides the athletic training staff for area high schools and junior colleges during the school year and for summer activities. They also provide coverage for a number of community organizations involved with sports events.
SMH-Supported Community Organizations
SMH supports a variety of community organizations and events, as well as nearly every Chamber of Commerce in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Chambers of Commerce