We were extremely disappointed when we learned that the Sisters of Charity, who chose to stop providing health care services to the people in our community and sold Providence Hospitals to an out-of-state corporation, have decided to waste valuable resources on a meritless and unfounded legal matter.
Palmetto Health will vigorously defend the integrity of our organization and our people against this action. Meanwhile, we will continue to provide our patients with the full range of health care services across the Palmetto Health system on which they rely, including the physician practices in the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group.
This is our home: our team members, our physicians and our families live and work here. Palmetto Health hospitals have been providing care in the Midlands region for more than a century. In 1998 when Palmetto Health was created, one of our founding concepts was to meet the health care needs of the residents of our community. Because we are a not-for-profit health care system, we are committed to reinvesting all excess revenues into the people, services and technology needed to continue delivering quality health care to our community.
Palmetto Health is one of the only health care systems in the nation that pledges 10 percent of our annual bottom line back to the community. In the past 18 years, that tithe has totaled nearly $50 million. Our tithe does not include the charity care we also provide to ensure that those who need health care services receive them. In 2015 alone, Palmetto Health provided nearly $193 million in charity care, along with nearly $52 million in additional community programs and services.
As a not-for-profit, locally owned health care system, we welcome others to join us who recognize the value of local ownership and leadership and our mission to serve, including the orthopedic physicians who chose to leave Providence Hospitals and join Palmetto Health in 2015. These physicians help Palmetto Health ensure community members have access to even more complete and comprehensive orthopedics care.
It is imperative that Palmetto Health remains vigilant to help ensure our health care system continues providing vital health care services to our community no one else provides, including our Level I Trauma Center, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units, our Children’s Hospital, our Heart Hospital, our certified Stroke Center and behavioral health services.
We know our patients may have questions or concerns about this litigation, and we want them to know we will remain focused on meeting their health care needs as we bring our Vision to life: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.