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
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.
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.
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.
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.
a variety of community organizations and events, as well as nearly every
Chamber of Commerce in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Chambers of Commerce