Community Care

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 health 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 the Fifth Annual Clinton Foundation Health Matters Activation Summit

    Tenet Healthcare proudly sponsored the fifth annual Clinton Health Matters Activation Summit in Indian Wells, Calif.  The conference took place from January 24-25 and brought together more than 400 health and wellness leaders from across healthcare, government, public policy, business, education and sports, with additional participation across the country via live webcast and social media to discuss ways to positively impact the health and well-being of people and communities across the country.

    Trevor Fetter, Tenet's chairman and CEO, delivered opening remarks and Reginald Eadie, M.D., the CEO of Tenet-owned Detroit Medical Center’s Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital participated in the opening panel discussion, “The Quest for Longevity and Our Rising Death Rates.”

    Also during the Summit, Carolyn Caldwell, CEO of Tenet’s Desert Regional Medical Center, provided an update about CHMI’s Blueprint for Action in the Coachella Valley, Calif. As part of the local Blueprint for Action, Tenet and Desert Regional Medical Center donated $1.5 million to the Desert AIDS Project to support the Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign.  Part of the proceeds helped fund a mobile testing van which provides free and confidential testing.  In 2015, more than 26,000 HIV tests were administered and the program has over 70 free testing sites. 

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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.

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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

    Every year colleagues from across our network participate in the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk in their respective communities.  Each Heart Walk team helps raise funds to support the effort to help raise awareness of heart disease and support local research initiatives.  In 2015, all Tenet teams combined raised a total of $586,000, making Tenet the second largest national team. 

    Tenet launched its National Heart Walk Team in 2014 encouraging employees from coast to coast to participate in their local Heart Walk.  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.

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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.