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 2017, Floyd Medical Center and its affiliates recorded more than 174,375 encounters through educational programs and screenings, physical examinations for athletes, childbirth classes, support groups and publications. Floyd co-workers and volunteers contributed 111,326 hours to community endeavors at an expense of $2.13 million. Polk Medical Center co-workers and volunteers recorded more than 41,000 encounters at an expense of $38,083 in fiscal year 2017.
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 2,012 outpatient visits in FY 2017. The Clinic provides assistance to financially and medically indigent patients in an effort to reduce their need for emergency and inpatient hospital care.
In addition, During FY 2017, 517 outpatient visits were recorded through Floyd’s We Care program, which helps low-income patients without health insurance or governmental benefits control and improve chronic conditions with preventive care.
Indigent Outpatient Pharmacy Program
Floyd provides maintenance prescription pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured outpatients at no cost to the patient through its hospital pharmacy. Any qualified, low-income patient under the care of the Floyd Family Medicine Residency program or being discharged from Floyd Medical Center may be eligible to receive the prescribed medications. In FY 2017, Floyd provided 15,376 prescriptions to 812 low-income, uninsured patients at a cost of $472,197 in prescription pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured outpatients.
Faith and Deeds Community Health
Floyd helped to create, contributed supplies and provided seed money to fund Faith and Deeds Community Health, formerly the Free Clinic of Rome. The organization provides primary medical care to low-income, uninsured patients in our community. The clinic traces its roots to a volunteer mission effort to provide basic medical care services to Floyd County’s homeless community. Clinic patients schedule appointments with volunteer physicians, dentists and nurses; and receive lab tests and assistance with prescription medications. During FY 2017, physicians from the Floyd Family Medicine Residency program provided 52 hours of volunteer care to 137 Faith and Deeds Clinic patients at a cost to the organization of $1,708.
Floyd’s Mobile Mammography Coach is equipped with state-of-the-art, digital mammography equipment and is used to reach out to the mostly rural and underserved areas around Rome. This outreach program, which began service in November 2008, provided 2,646 mammograms to women in our service area in FY 2017. Of those, 776 patients were past due for a mammogram; 142 women had never had a mammogram before; and 186 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 higher than the national average. The coach traveled 9,480 miles in FY 2017 to women in six Georgia counties and two Alabama 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.