ETMC Athens: Dedicated to community benefits
The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System was born out of a dream for a healthier East Texas. For more than 60 years, our not-for-profit system has studied the healthcare needs in the communities that we serve and then worked to meet those needs. It’s a mission of care that touches all of the people we serve.
ETMC Athens strives to continually enhance health services despite today’s challenges in the national healthcare environment. Our legacy of care is founded on these factors:
- We are a not-for-profit organization, committed to serving others.
- We have a patient-centered philosophy. When the patient comes first, all else falls into place.
- We believe in advancing healthcare in home communities to the highest level possible.
In addition to primary and specialty medicine, this includes preventive care and wellness.
ETMC representatives from throughout the region regularly conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for ETMC Athens. Through data collection and informative interviews with community members from all walks of life, these assessments lay the groundwork for continued outreach.
The Community Benefits Plan developed for each ETMC hospital further outlines ETMC’s efforts to meet community needs. This process includes community collaboration with additional agencies who share ETMC’s goal of a healthier East Texas. In addition, the Community Benefits Plan identifies areas for growth, any needed revision of services and community education on available health resources.
ETMC exceeds the legal requirements for community benefits mandated by state and federal authorities for tax-exempt, not-for-profit healthcare organizations. Our system-wide community benefit expenditures in fiscal year 2013 were more than $250 million, as reported to the State of Texas.
For more information on the Community Health Needs Assessment process, we invite you to view the executive summary of the most recent CHNA report for ETMC Athens. Throughout the ETMC system, our community benefits efforts and financial stewardship work together to advance our mission of health and healing.