Community Health Systems Addresses Social Determinants of Health and Supports Local Charitable Organizations
Hospitals and healthcare systems affiliated with Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) spent the month of March putting their care for the community into action. This year, CHS-affiliated hospitals celebrated National Doctors' Day with charitable donations to non-profit organizations on behalf of physicians on their medical staffs. The organization also launched its first Jars of Love Peanut Butter Drive, an initiative to address food insecurity, a social determinant of health, in communities where its affiliates operate.
Local charities have a significant impact on the lives of area residents and provide much needed support for vulnerable populations. To honor physicians on National Doctors' Day on March 30, 2023, CHS-affiliated hospitals donated $216,100 to a wide range of charitable organizations, many of whom work to address social determinants of health across their communities.
Commenting on the Doctors' Day donations, Tim L. Hingtgen, Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Systems said, "Each day, physicians working across our organization put their skills to work helping people get well and live healthier. Through donations to causes that matter to them, we express our collective respect and gratitude for their work, partnership, and the important role they play in our communites."
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 34 million people in the United States, including nine million children, are food insecure. Access to nutritious food can have a significant impact on an individual's overall health and wellbeing. Through the Jars of Love Peanut Butter Drive that took place this month, employees across the organization collected more than 64,000 jars of peanut butter, and other nut butters - enough to make more than one million peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter is high in nutritional value, has a long shelf life, and enjoys widespread popularity, making it a much needed item for food banks. All of the collected peanut butter will be donated to local food banks in the communities where it was donated.
Hingtgen continued, "As an organization, we are deeply aware of the opportunity we have to make a positive impact on our patients and communities, which extends beyond the quality healthcare services we provide. We look forward to continuing to support community organizations as we work toward a healthy future for all."
About Community Health Systems, Inc.
Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the nation's largest healthcare companies. The Company's affiliates are leading providers of healthcare services, developing and operating healthcare delivery systems in 45 distinct markets across 16 states. CHS subsidiaries own or lease 79 affiliated hospitals with approximately 13,000 beds and operate more than 1,000 sites of care, including physician practices, urgent care centers, freestanding emergency departments, occupational medicine clinics, imaging centers, cancer centers and ambulatory surgery centers. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CYH." More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.chs.net.
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