Mission: The mission of baptist health is to improve the health and well-being of individuals, and to promote the sanctity and preservation of life, in the communities we serve. Baptist health is a faith-based organization guided by the spirit of jesus christ and the judeo-christian ethic. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of clinical and service excellence, rooted in the utmost integrity and moral practice. Consistent with its spiritual foundation, baptist health is dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective, compassionate healthcare services to all, regardless of religion, creed, race or national origin, including, as permitted by its resources, charity care to those in need.
Programs: Consistent with our spiritual foundation, baptist health south florida and its affiliates (baptist health) are dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective, compassionate healthcare services to all, including, as permitted by our resources, charity care to those in need. During the fiscal year ended september 30, 2014, baptist health provided patient services to the south florida area with 73,791 adult admissions, 356,366 patient days, and 328,974 emergency room visits. During that same time period, urgent care visits totaled 261,617, outpatient surgery cases 51,119, and other outpatient visits were 481,202 system-wide. As of september 30, 2014 the system had 1,761 licensed inpatient beds comprised of 1,653 acute care, 56 neonatal intensive care level ii, 29 neonatal intensive care level iii, and 23 comprehensive medical rehabilitation. In total baptist health provided more than $352,649,777 in community benefit during its 2014 fiscal year. We provided charity care valued at $109,091,000 as well as $183,809,300 in uncompensated services. The estimated cost of providing charity services and uncompensated services is based on recent historical cost-to-charge ratios for charity patients and medicaid patients from bhsf's cost accounting system, applied to the current period gross uncompensated charges associated with providing care to charity and medicaid patients. We also contributed $25,848,000 to the indigent care fund and expended $10,083,000 for educational programs, screenings, corporate sponsorships and donations. Free community health and wellness programs covered topics ranging from insomnia and food safety to diabetes and weight control. In addition, baptist health provided free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, body composition and osteoporosis. Baptist health also helped those in need of primary care services by donating approximately $1,762,500 to neighborhood not-for-profit clinics such as the open door health center in homestead, the south miami children's center in south miami and the good health clinic in tavernier. We spent $14,282,600 paying physicians who provide care to our community members in need. Additionally, we provided $2,522,000 in continuing medical education and $872,000 in chaplaincy during the year ended september 30, 2014. Fulfilling our mission to provide compassionate care to the entire community isn't only about assisting those in financial need. It is also about supporting services that lose money but are essential to our community. In 2007, baptist health invested approximately $135,000,000 in building a replacement hospital for homestead hospital. Homestead hospital operates at a loss, but baptist health continues to operate this hospital because it fills an important community need for quality healthcare. Additionally baptist health has invested substantial funds to harden its facilities to withstand a category 5 hurricane for the protection of our patients and neighbors. In the fall of 2016, the miami cancer institute at baptist health will house all of the cancer services offered by the system under one roof. The facility will offer 305,000 square feet of clinical services and cutting-edge technology. A 90,000 square-foot research facility will provide access to clinical trials and ground-breaking treatments. The $430 million facility will be the first in south florida - and one of the few in the nation - to offer proton therapy. Designed with patient comfort and convenience in mind, the cancer institute will offer diagnosis, treatment, research trials and follow-up care at one state-of-the-art location. In addition to the health-related benefits listed above, baptist health also has a significant and positive financial impact on our community. We directly employ more than 15,000 individuals and indirectly create another 34,000 jobs. As south florida's largest private employer, baptist health is taking a leadership role by committing to the environmentally responsible, energy-efficient design and function of our facilities. West kendall baptist hospital is certified as a green building through the leadership in energy and environmental design (leed) program for the us green building councils. This commitment applies to our day-to-day operations, as well, from the supplies we purchase to the vehicles we use. In accordance with our faith-based mission, baptist health south florida and its affiliates are committed to making a significant, positive impact on the community it serves.