Mission: Brattleboro memorial hospital will provide community-based quality health services delivered with compassion and respect.
Programs: Provision of hospital care, both inpatient and outpatient services, on a region-wide basis. Approximately 158,640 outpatients and 1,888 inpatients were served throughout the year. Brattleboro memorial hospital is a modern, well-equipped and professionally staffed community hospital which has been serving greater brattleboro and the tri-state area since 1904. Throughout our more than a century of caring for our community, bmh has kept up with medical technology which, in turn, has drawn excellent physicians to our facility. The bmh medical staff boasts more than 100 board-certified physicians, active in both primary care and many specialties.
charity care:the hospital's charity care program is designed to assist those patients who are either uninsured, underinsured or have limited financial resources that impact their ability to fully pay for their hospital care. Before completing an application for charity care, patients are first asked to investigate whether or not they may be eligible for medicare, medicaid, veteran's benefits or other governmental or public assistance programs. The hospital's qualifications for charity care are as follows:1) charity care is limited to medically necessary services. Patients receiving certain elective services, such as those considered cosmetic, investigational or experimental, are expected to make payment arrangements in advance, as these types of services are not covered by the charity care program. 2) patient's family income must be at or below 300% of the current federal poverty income guidelines for their applicable family size. The hospital maintains records to identify and monitor the level of charity care it provides. These records include the amount of charges foregone for services and supplies furnished under its charity care policy, the estimated cost of those services and supplies and equivalent service statistics. The following information measures the levels of the charity care provided during the year ended september 30, 2014:equivalent percentage of charity care services to all services 1. 85%number of patients receiving charity care 5,708in addition, the hospital also incurred payment shortfalls in the treatment of medicare and medicaid patients. Both of these government programs reimburse for medical services at less than published charges to provide those services. In 2014, the hospital incurred shortfalls of approximately $8,653,945 and $6,296,865 related to treating medicare and medicaid patients, respectively. The hospital also provided many other community benefits upon which no monetary value can be placed such as:-bmh provides space at no cost to the local non-profit brattleboro walk-in clinic. -promotes wellness through screening and demonstrations at our annual health fair. -offers free smoking cessation classes. -collaborates with other community agencies in publishing a community wellnes calenday twice a year.