Mission: We will meet the primary and immediate health care needs of area residents by providing high quality services delivered in a compassionate, professional manner.
Programs: Gundersen boscobel area hospital and clinics (the organization") provides inpatient, outpatient, emergency health care services and other financial support through various programs that are designed, among other matters, to enhance the health of the community including the health of low income patients. Services provided to patients include colonoscopies, laparoscopic surgeries, and knee replacements, among others. The organization is affiliated with gundersen health systems. This affiliation provides local services in cardiology, neurology, podiatry, dermatology, urology and vascular medicine as well as many other services. Consistent with the mission of the organization, care is provided to patients regardless of their ability to pay, including providing services to those persons who are either underinsured or who cannot afford health insurance because of inadequate resources. Health care services to patients under government programs, such as the medicaid program, are also considered part of the organization's benefit provided to the community, since a substantial portion of such services are reimbursed at amounts less than the costs of providing care. (see additional information regarding the cost of providing services to medicaid patients in schedule h of the form 990. )patients who meet certain criteria for charity care, generally based on federal poverty guidelines, are provided care at a significantly reduced rate, determined based on qualifying criteria as defined in the organization's charity care policy and from applications completed by patients and their families. (see additional information regarding the cost of providing services to charity care recipients in schedule h of the form 990. )benefits for serving the community also include unpaid costs of treating the elderly, health screenings, community education through seminars and classes, and other health-related services. During 2016, hospital patient days totaled 821 and total outpatient encounters were 12,778. Key statistics included in these totals were 493 medical/surgical inpatient days, 328 swing bed days, 3,998 emergency room visits, and 477 surgical outpatient visits.
the organization operates family practice clinics in three locations to ensure community members have access to convenient, quality primary care. During 2016, total outpatient encounters at these clinics totaled 12,268. The three clinics are designated as rural health clinics by the medicare and medicaid programs and by definition provide health care to areas designated as medical professional shortage areas where without these clinics there would be limited access to primary care clinical services. In addition, the organization's charity care program is also available to patients of the clinics and is included in the charity care amount reported for the hospital as charity care benefits given to clinic patients in schedule h of the form 990.