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A Safer Healthcare Experience:

The mission of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is to improve the safety of patients. One of the ways in which they accomplish this mission is by raising the public awareness of, and foster communications about, patient safety. The NPSF web site includes information useful to health care consumers. To read their publication Improving Health Care Quality – A Guide for Patients and Families, go to

Hospitals Building Healthy Communities:

In fulfilling their missions, Nebraska’s hospitals have a long history of providing significant benefits to the communities they serve. Every year, Nebraska’s hospitals make enormous contributions to their communities in ways that extend well beyond traditional health care. These benefits go far beyond the walls of the hospital, reaching out to meet local and statewide community and public health needs. This is evident by the nearly $697 million in community benefits reported in the 2007 Nebraska Hospitals Community Benefits Report. Behind each community benefit dollar is a mother, father, child or grandparent, whose life is affected by a hospital’s commitment to care.

One of the most significant community benefits contributed by hospitals is uncompensated care, which are health care services provided to the uninsured and underinsured. In Nebraska, one in 10 people lack health insurance and only 43 percent of Nebraska private employers offer health insurance to their employees. As the number of uninsured and underinsured grows, so, too, does the need for charity care and free or discounted health services for those who cannot afford to pay. Nebraska hospitals have established financial aid policies to assist patients who cannot afford hospital care. In addition, hospitals routinely provide assistance to patients in applying for government programs for which they may be eligible. In Nebraska, more than 50 percent of all hospitals stays are paid for by Medicare and Medicaid.

Nebraska hospitals offer community-wide health initiatives in areas such as exercise, smoking cessation, prenatal and infant care, nutrition, CPR, disaster preparedness, support groups and health screening programs. To read more about programs provided by Nebraska hospitals, such as the Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Stepping Out for Women’s Heart Health program, Community Hospital, McCook, Colorectal Cancer Screening program, or The Nebraska Medical Center’s participation in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, go to

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