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LRMC unveils community benefit report

October 3, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Regional Medical Center recently celebrated its impact on the Lehigh Acres community, as elected officials and community leaders gathered for the unveiling of the hospital's Community Benefit Report, highlighting Lehigh Regional's accomplishments in 2011.

"As a successful, full-service community hospital, Lehigh Regional does much more than care for our patients," Joanie Jeannette, chief executive officer, said. "We are coming off a year of great improvements and successes. This is due to our incredible staff, doctors and volunteers. We want the community to know that our hospital is strong and growing and we are honored that residents are choosing Lehigh Regional Medical Center."

Contributing more than $600,000 in local taxes and providing more than $22 million in employee wages and benefits, Lehigh Regional is a major economic force in the community.

Aside from its economic impact, the hospital contributed $39.7 million in charity and uncompensated care. Lehigh Regional also benefited more than 20 non-profit organizations and gave $156,000 in charitable contributions.

"I am honored to be a part of a successful organization like Lehigh Regional," Laurie Jerrey, the board chairman, said. "This Community Benefit Report proudly displays the compelling work of Lehigh Regional employees and physicians to care for and benefit our community."

Deeply committed to improving the quality of life in the Lee County region, Lehigh Regional Medical Center is dedicated to strengthening access to medical services and quality care.

Highlights from the 2011 report include:

- 117 physicians

- 32,679 ER visits

- 2,261 surgeries

- 3712 admissions

- 1,083 volunteer hours

- 380 jobs

- $22 million employee wages and benefits

- $39.7 million charity/uncompensated care (13 percent of total net patient revenue)

- $600,000 taxes paid

- $1 million spent with local vendors

To view the full Community Benefit Report, visit online:

Lehigh Regional is an 88-bed acute care hospital at 1500 Lee Blvd. For information, call (239) 369-2101.



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