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Internal Health First report finds more than $100 million donated to local community

FY 2009 donations made in spite of weakened economy

ROCKLEDGE, FL - Despite the weakened economy, an internal Health First analysis indicates that Health First provided $105,418,997 worth of unreimbursed health care, charity care, donations to local healthcare services, and other community benefits in FY2009.

The findings are part of the organization's just-released Community Benefit Report. The internal analysis examined the amount of care, services, and other support Health First provided to Brevard County that was not reimbursed by insurance payments, government programs, and patient payments among other sources.

The report found Health First provided real medical care valued at as much as $80,719,562 to the community in the form of charity care, care not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance payments, or care provided to patients who could not pay their bills.

In addition, the internal report found Health First provided an additional $3,000,000 in cash, outreach services, subsidies, donated time, or other valuable benefits to community organizations.

"We understand most people don't know how much behind-the-scenes work Health First does in our community. These are dollars and services that Health First provides because we believe in supporting our community as much as possible," said Health First spokesman Elliot Cohen. "From providing life-saving care to anyone regardless of their ability to pay for it to helping to keep a neighborhood clinic open, it is all part of that community support."

The remainder of the over $105,000,000 was in the form of various donations and services. Additional information is available in the new Health First Community Benefit Report.