Community Care

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More Than Healthcare.
Community Care.

Tenet Healthcare is woven into the fabric of the communities we serve. Our hospitals. Our outpatient centers. Our people. We’re all part of the greater good. That’s why we’re committed to making a difference in the lives of others. We do this both by providing exceptional care, and by supporting our communities as volunteers and good corporate citizens. Each year, Tenet donates healthcare services and millions of dollars to those in need.

We know that in order to move forward, we must give back.

Giving Back

Charitable
Contributions

Tenet is proud to give back financially to nonprofit organizations, such as the American Heart Association, March of Dimes and Clinton Health Matters Initiative, helping those in need live happier, healthier lives. Click here to see a sampling of the organizations we support.

Volunteerism and
Fundraising

As a company of passionate caregivers, helping others is at the heart of what we do. That's why our employees volunteer thousands of hours annually and raise critical funds for the underserved, making our communities better places for all to live.

Community
Outreach

Going out into the community to help others is a priority — that's why our facilities and employees regularly share their time and expertise. Each year, we provide thousands of free screenings at local health fairs, host numerous educational seminars and search for ways to empower the people in our communities to live happier, healthier lives.

For more information about our community efforts, please contact Community@tenethealth.com.

Stories of Giving Back

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    Tenet Sponsors Clinton Foundation Health Matters Activation Summit

    Tenet Healthcare, along with its two hospitals in California’s Coachella Valley, Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital, proudly sponsored the fourth annual Clinton Foundation Health Matters Activation Summit in Indian Wells, California. The conference took place from January 25-27 and brought together thought leaders to discuss ways to positively impact the health and well-being of people and communities across the country.

    Trevor Fetter, Tenet's president and chief executive officer, delivered opening remarks and participated in a panel discussion about the economics of healthcare transformation. 

    WATCH THE REPLAY

    Prior to last year’s conference, Desert Regional Medical Center announced a $1.5 million commitment over three years to become lead sponsor of Get Tested Coachella Valley. This public health campaign is designed to dramatically reduce HIV and improve care for those who test positive. In 2014, Get Tested Coachella Valley tested more than 20,000 individuals and increased its testing sites by 50 percent.

    Learn more about Tenet’s commitment to the Coachella Valley.

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    National Cereal Drive Helps Hungry Children

    Hunger is a growing problem in our country — one that gets even worse during the summer when school-age children can no longer rely on their schools for food. During each summer, almost 20 million children who have access to good nutrition during the school year go hungry.

    This national problem was the point of concern and action for Pam Taurence, a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a part of the Detroit Medical Center. In May of 2010, Pam and her colleagues launched a cereal drive in their community to address this growing problem. Since then, this initiative has rolled out across the nation and, in 2014, 16 children’s hospitals along with Tenet’s corporate office participated, collecting an impressive 2,000,000 servings of cereal for those in need.

    Click here to learn more about Pam’s story.

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    Food For Thought

    Tenet was proud to sponsor Community Service Day of the Mayor's Intern Fellows Program at the North Texas Food Bank. This year more than 300 students are participating in the program, which provides the opportunity to work in a variety of jobs over the summer, gaining practical work experience and insight in to possible future careers.

    One of the highlights of this program is Community Service Day when students learn the importance of volunteerism and giving back to the community. This year Tenet employees and family members worked side-by-side with students to sort food donated to the North Texas Food Bank, a non-profit hunger relief organization that provides a staggering 175,000 meals each day to the hungry of North Texas.

    “We appreciate all that Tenet does for the Dallas community and are particularly grateful for Tenet’s sponsorship of Community Service Day of the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “Tenet volunteers serve as role models for high school interns and together make a tremendous impact on those in need in our city.”

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    A Hearty Promise

    Sadly, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, which is why Tenet has joined forces with the American Heart Association (AHA) in its mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

    We support the AHA’s work in our hospitals through our award-winning participation in the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines® program, as well as our hospitals, through Tenet’s charitable contributions, fundraising for crucial research and volunteering for local events such as Heart Walks, Go Red For Women celebrations and CPR trainings.

    In 2014, Tenet proudly launched its National Heart Walk Team encouraging employees from coast to coast to participate in their local Heart Walk. “I am always overwhelmed by the generosity of our employees and physicians who want to make a difference,” said Britt T. Reynolds, Tenet’s president of hospital operations and board member of the AHA Dallas affiliate. “Joining together through the nation’s Heart Walks is a fun way for the Tenet family to tackle a serious problem.”

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    Fresh RX: A Prescription For Health

    Every day, pediatricians write prescriptions for medications that help combat the effects of poor nutrition. At St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, a group of forward-thinking doctors, led by Dr. Hans Kersten, is handing out a new type of prescription – one for apples, carrots, broccoli and a whole host of farm-fresh foods.

    Recognizing that good nutrition is at the root of good health, Dr. Kersten started the “FreshRX” program in 2012, enabling St. Chris physicians to take the bold and innovative step of writing prescriptions for fresh food for at-risk children seen at the hospital and its clinics.

    “FreshRX” is an extension of a successful Farm to Families food-share program administered by the nonprofit St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children in collaboration with Philabundance, making healthy food available and affordable in North Philadelphia year-round. Families are able to “fill” their prescriptions for fresh food each week at the hospital or other local distribution sites, strategically positioned in low food access neighborhoods.

    “Hunger is a significant problem in North Philadelphia and exacerbates poor health in children,” said Carolyn Jackson, CEO of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. “We are extremely proud that our physicians have come up with a creative way to educate our families on the benefits of good nutrition while actually ensuring they receive the healthy food they need.”

Caring for Uninsured Patients

Charity Care

Every year, we work hard to address the unmet needs of our communities. We provide charity and uncompensated care to help individuals in need while also generating a significant economic impact for our communities.

Compact with Uninsured Patients

Every patient deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, regardless of their ability to pay. This is why we were the first major hospital network to offer innovative solutions to uninsured and underinsured patients through our Compact with Uninsured Patients.

Path to Health

Path to Health is an educational enrollment initiative created to inform newly eligible individuals about their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. This campaign is a joint effort among our hospitals, Conifer Health and more than 350 community-based organizations.

Sustainability

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Earlier this year, we shared our progress by publishing our 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report, “Tenet Cares,” which was created using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 3.1 framework. This was Tenet’s fourth annual report and first “Level B” report, which represents an organization’s level of disclosure and commitment to developing and implementing sustainable action plans and processes.


We are pleased to report that we made substantial impacts in these areas:


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Waste Reduction


Tenet has reduced cost and waste by diverting 972,000 devices (208,000 pounds of waste) from landfills by reprocessing FDA-eligible single-use medical devices.

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Energy Reduction


A new electronic records system is being used to create a 3-year energy plan that will target a 5% reduction in electrical costs.

Tenet reduced 2013 energy costs by $40 million by improving plant operations with new boilers, chillers and automated energy monitoring systems.

Tenet’s hospitals in South Florida initiated an energy reduction project last year that saved 42 million kilowatts of electricity, and 10 million gallons of water.