Mission: As a subsidiary of salem regional medical center ("the medical center"), the purpose of the sch professional corporation is to provide a corporate structure for effectively attracting and retaining physicians to support the mission of the medical center and to meet community need by providing a diverse geographic and/or multi-specialty base of services. Prior to the affiliation and/or opening of the sch professional corporation offices, access to these respective healthcare providers was lacking; the services were available only in a reduced capacity; and/or the communities were experiencing difficulty in recruiting and retaining medical practitioners, resulting in gaps in medical treatment or barriers to access.
Programs: The sch professional corporation's twelve outpatient practices provide primary and specialty healthcare services to residents within salem regional medical center's service area. During fiscal year 2015, 32,503 primary care evaluation and management services were provided by 10 primary care physicians. During this same time, there were 1,772 obstetrics and gynecology evaluation and management services provided by 4 obstetrician/gynecologists and one physician extender , and 11,271 specialty care patient services were provided by 7 specialists and two physician extenders in gastroenterology, general surgery, neurology, otolarnygology and orthopedics. In support of its community outreach commitment, the sch professional corporation's outpatient practices provide charity care and financial assistance for healthcare services delivered, in accordance with the patient's financial need and the guidelines specified in the charity care policy. In fiscal year 2015, charity care and financial assistance provided to patients seeking services through the sch professional corporation practices totaled $52,417. It should also be noted that the sch professional corporation primary care practices serve as one of the few sources of primary care for medicaid patients within the hospital's service area. Beyond providing charity care, the sch professional corporation seeks opportunities to further its tax-exempt purpose and community benefit initiatives by providing a wide variety of community health services, screenings and educational outreach services, designed to improve the community's health status and access to health resources. Examples of these events offered through the sch professional corporation include, but are not limited to: staff and physician educational resources provided free of charge to the community; and reduced cost preventative screenings, e. G. Cholesterol/lipid density. To increase regional access to outreach services for people of all ages, many of the medical educational programs, screenings and health fairs are provided in outlying regions of the service area in collaborative partnerships with local school districts, civic and community organizations, faith-based organizations, and area businesses. It should also be noted that one of the sch professional corporation primary care practices is an approved site for the reach out and read program, to help improve youth literacy rates. Reach out and read is a national program that helps to prepare america's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with primary care physicians to give books and encourage families to read together. Through the reach out and read program, the physicians at the columbiana family care center provide new books at a child's 6-month check-up and continue providing books at well child visits for children through age 5. This literacy effort has continued from the inception of the program to the present time.