|Rapides Healthcare System |
As a 26 percent owner in Rapides Healthcare System, it is The Rapides Foundation’s role as the nonprofit partner to give oversight to the community benefit that is provided by Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Rapides Regional provides an extremely high level of community benefit when compared at the national, state and local levels. It provides many free and lowcost services and collaborates with local partners to improve access to care and quality of life, not because it is obligated, but because it is consistent with the hospital’s mission.
RHS continued its financial support of LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport’s Alexandria Family Medicine Residency program, which provided medical care to 16,000 patients in 2012. The residency program recruited six new resident interns to Central Louisiana and graduated five other family physicians. The program has produced 81 graduates since 1997, fulfilling its mission to address the shortage of primary care physicians throughout Louisiana.
In 2012, RRMC cared for 16,568 patients admitted to the facility, delivered 1,911 babies at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital and treated 67,829 patients through the RRMC Emergency Department. In 2012, RHS provided charity medical care to those patients unable to pay that equaled $3.7 million in unreimbursed hospital expenses to the hospital alone. In addition to charity care, RHS is the area’s largest provider of services to low-income patients enrolled in the Medicaid program.
RHS continued its support for local universities, including the Northwestern State University Nursing and Radiology programs residing on the hospital campus, as well as the Louisiana State University at Alexandria nursing program. The hospital also provides NSU and LSUA with endowed professorships supporting healthcare programs.
RRMC employees donated much of their time to fundraising efforts for community organizations and raised almost $142,000 for worthwhile causes such as the American Heart Walk, March of Dimes Walk America, American Cancer Society and the United Way. In 2012, RHS employed more than 1,500 employees with a payroll of $83.3 million.
For the second year, Rapides Regional was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Also for the second year, U.S. News and World Reports’ 2012-2013 rankings of Best Hospitals recognized Rapides Regional as No. 3 in Louisiana. The hospital was recognized in Modern Healthcare magazine as receiving the 2012/2013 Consumer Choice Award in its market based on National Research Corporation consumer surveys on quality healthcare services. In 2012, the hospital was re-certified as Central Louisiana’s only “Certified Primary Stroke Center” in 2012, and also was honored with the American Heart Association’s and American Stroke Association’s Silver Plus award. Rapides Regional is the state’s only Level II Trauma Center.