2015 Floyd Community Benefits
Floyd is actively involved in the communities where the organization has a presence – lending leadership, time and other valuable resources to efforts to improve the quality of life for families in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.
In fiscal year 2015, the Floyd Medical Center and its affiliates touched more than 70,000 people through trauma care, neonatal intensive care, educational programs and screenings, physical examinations for athletes, childbirth classes, support groups and publications. Floyd co-workers and volunteers contributed 134,444 hours to community endeavors at an expense of $946,626.
Polk Medical Center co-workers and volunteers contributed 158 hours to the community at an expense of $6,420 in fiscal year 2015.
As a community hospital, Floyd is continuously looking for opportunities to reach farther into the community to meet the needs of individuals who seek medical care in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Floyd currently has several outreach programs aimed at improving access to health care in the community.
Floyd County Clinic and We Care Program
The Floyd County Clinic, which Floyd Medical Center operates through the Family Medicine Residency program, had 1,836 outpatient visits in FY 2015. The Clinic provides assistance to financially and medically indigent patients in an effort to reduce their need for emergency and inpatient hospital care.
The Floyd Medical Center pharmacy provided prescriptions to 312 Floyd County Clinic patients in FY 2015. We Care, which is aimed at controlling and improving chronic conditions with preventive care, assists low-income patients without health insurance or governmental benefits. In FY 2015, the We Care program provided prescriptions to 46 patients at a cost of $17,201.84.
Indigent Outpatient Pharmacy Program
Floyd provides maintenance prescriptions to low-income, uninsured outpatients at no or minimal cost to the patient through its hospital pharmacy. Any qualified low-income patient under the care of the Floyd Family Medicine Residency program may be eligible to receive the prescribed medications. In FY 2015, Floyd provided over $195,000 in prescription pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured outpatients.
Free Clinic of Rome
Floyd helped to create, contributed supplies and provided seed money to fund the Free Clinic of Rome, a local organization that provides free primary medical care to low-income, uninsured patients in our community. The Free Clinic traces its roots to a volunteer mission effort to provide basic medical care services to Floyd County’s homeless community. Today, the clinic is housed at the Floyd County Health Department. Clinic patients schedule appointments with volunteer physicians, dentists and nurses; and receive free lab tests (through the Floyd Medical Center laboratory) and assistance with prescription medications. During FY 2015, physicians from the Floyd Family Medicine Residency program provided 34 hours of volunteer care to 120 Free Clinic patients at a cost to the organization of $1,098.
Northwest Georgia Dental Clinic
In caring for low-income, uninsured patients through our clinics and the We Care program, it became apparent that there is also a need for dental care for low-income, uninsured families in Rome and Floyd County. To help meet this need, Floyd partnered with the District Public Health office to plan and fund (in part by a federal grant) the construction and operation of a comprehensive dental clinic for low-income residents of the region. In addition, Floyd makes its Outpatient Surgery Center facilities and staff available at no cost to dental clinic dentists to perform dental surgery on high-risk patients.
Floyd’s Mobile Mammography Coach, equipped with state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, seeks to reach out to the mostly rural and underserved areas around Rome. This outreach program, which began service in November 2008, provided 2,810 mammograms to women in our service area in FY 2015. Of those, 1,046 patients were past due for a mammogram; 195 women had never had a mammogram before; and 269 screenings revealed an abnormality that required further testing. Nine women were diagnosed with cancer as a result of their visit to the mobile mammography coach.
The goal of this program is to reach women who have never had a mammogram, in the hope of reducing the breast cancer mortality rate in our region, which is among the highest in the nation. The coach traveled 7,086 miles in FY 2015 to women in four counties to make mammography and clinical breast exams convenient for them. This program seeks to provide services and education to these women with the goal of reducing that mortality rate and improving the lives of these women and their families.