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Perspective and Approach

Healthcare is front-page news. On the one hand we are told that "Medicine in the United States is the best in the world," and on the other hand we learn that more than 100,000 people unnecessarily die in hospitals from accidents and medical mistakes each year. A major issue on the political agenda for decades has been healthcare financing, and with the nation's baby-boomers growing older each year, the strain placed on the Medicare system will keep the issue on the front burner for years to come.

There are a variety of challenges that the healthcare industry in the United States will be facing as this debate unfolds. One is the matter of regulation. Another concern is transparency. How much should the public know and how can privacy issues be addressed? Another challenge is the influence of vested interests on the part of industry groups.

Other nonprofits remind all of us that we are part of a larger community -- the global community. The most recent report of the World Health Organization (WHO) states "about 530,000 women each year die in pregnancy or childbirth, more than three million babies are stillborn, more than four million newborns die within the first days or weeks of life, and altogether 10.6 million children die before their fifth birthday."

heatlhThat is not always clear is that the leaders in the healthcare industry are diligently confronting these challenges, as are others, with financial resources, with massive time commitments and with all the talent they can muster. The accrediting body for hospitals, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, has added new patient safety criteria year by year. And more than one-third of the nation's leading hospitals have formally signed on to a new six-part plan for reducing patient deaths in a dramatic fashion.

With all this said, it only takes one headline to bring the wrath of a whole community down on a hospital or an agency for even the smallest mishap. And when that happens, charitable and benevolence programs crash. Even when there is no negative publicity, healthcare institutions in the United States find themselves at the mercy of a fluctuating economy, local community industry swings, changing state regulations, and federal financing shifts. A consistent long-term financial strategy is essential to institutional health, and the charitable component can be a critical component of that plan.

CommunityNexus Consulting welcomes the opportunity for planning and implementing the charitable and benevolence programs at healthcare and health-related institutions. Our partners have assisted a number of such institutions, including:

  • HARRIS METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEM, Fort Worth, TX
  • FLORIDA HOSPITAL (ADVENTIST), Orlando, FL
  • NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, Alexandria VA
  • WORLD FEDERATION for MENTAL HEALTH, Alexandria VA
  • MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION of ERIE COUNTY, Buffalo, NY
  • SPECIAL KIDS in PUBLISHING (SKIP), Bethesda, MD
  • GREATER BALTIMORE MEDICAL CENTER, Baltimore, MD
  • AMERICAN RED CROSS -- Chapters in thirteen communities nationwide
  • MEDICAL GROUP MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, Englewood, CO
  • MINORITY HEALTH PROFESSIONS FOUNDATION, Atlanta, GA
  • XAVIER UNIVERSITY, School of Pharmacy, New Orleans, LA
  • NATIONAL COUNCIL on INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, Washington DC
  • SO' EAST REGIONAL DEAF REHABILITATION INSTITUTE, New Orleans
  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION of BLOOD BANKS, Arlington, VA
  • NATIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICINE ASSOCIATION, Baltimore, MD