Provision of Wellness Services Vary Among Hospitals
hospitals and hospitals that are part of healthcare systems, networks
or alliances report the largest percentages for offering services such
as health screenings, support groups, outreach services and outpatient
care, the study indicates.
Lower percentages of the small, city- or county-operated, and rural hospitals provide wellness services to their communities.
hospitals traditionally have focused on acute medical care rather than
health promotion and disease prevention," said lead researcher Peter C.
Olden, Ph.D., director of the Graduate Health Administration Program at
the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
news is many hospitals today also provide wellness services to the
populations they serve, often in collaboration with other community
organizations," said Olden. "The bad news is hospitals do not uniformly
offer health promotion and disease prevention services. Many hospitals
offer only minimal services, so their communities are at a
At least 70
percent of the hospitals offered social work services, breast cancer
screening, other health screenings, health fairs and outpatient
At least half
of the hospitals offered nutrition programs, support groups, community
outreach and patient services. Eighty-one percent worked with other
providers or public agencies to assess the health status of their
benefit is part of nearly all (96 percent) of the general
hospital’s missions, according to the study. However, in
comparison, only 86 percent reported designated resources for community
benefit activities, and only 80 percent had a long-term plan for
improving the health of their communities.
percentage of the small hospitals reported a commitment to community
benefit, compared to larger hospitals. Address: University of Scranton,
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