Mission: St. Andrew's health center, in union with the sisters of mary of the presentation, works for the glory of god by bringing the word and healing of jesus christ to all, with a special concern for the poor and elderly. Through the shared ministry with the laity, st. Andrew's health center participates in the health care mission in the work of healing which is the work of god. Our individual inspiration is jesus and his gospel message. Permeated with the charism of the sisters of mary of the presentation, we minister to one another and to all who come to us for care.
Programs: St. Andrew's health center has been a part of the community since 1913. Our mission is to provide services to all who come to us for care; this is something that we are very proud of. Our ability to better the lives of those most in need is the core of our beliefs and knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve. In addition, we believe that through our leadership and presence in the community that we have been and will continue to be an essential part of the healthcare delivery team. St. Andrew's health center is designated as a critical access hospital and has had the designation since july 2001. We continue to utilize "the guide for planning and reporting community benefit" book that was prepared by the catholic health care association to help determine what qualifies as a community benefit. We attend a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year to provide direction in reporting on our benefits to the community. The health center 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 amounts of charges foregone were $81,906 for the year ended september 30, 2014. The estimated costs of the charges foregone, based upon an overall cost-to-charge ratio calculation, for the year ended september 30, 2014 were $71,000. In addition, the health center provides services to other medically indigent patients under certain government-reimbursed public aid programs. Such programs pay providers amounts which are less than established charges for the services provided to the recipients, and for some services the payments are less than the cost of rendering the services provided. In may 2009, we enhanced our caring program to afford individuals with medical expenses in excess of 30% of their gross income who would otherwise not qualify for the caring program based on their earnings to qualify for catastrophic charity care and receive a reduction in the cost of their medical services. In june 2012 we made some enhancements to the sliding scale. The health center also commits significant time and resources to endeavors and critical services which meet otherwise unfulfilled community needs. Many of these activities are sponsored with the knowledge that they will not be self-supporting or financially viable.