HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has served this community since its founding in 1875 by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. From the very early days to the present, the hospital has a well-established tradition caring for those in need of health care and of partnering with the community to improve the overall health of the community.
As a non-profit hospital, under the Illinois Community Benefits Act, we annually file a Community Benefit report with the Illinois Attorney General. It includes our Mission statement; community benefit plan - community health care needs considered, amount and types of community benefits provided, charity policy, and audited financial statements.
Our community benefit activities take many forms, involve many partners, and serve a variety of populations. We welcome you to review our most recent Community Benefit report here and encourage comments and suggestions about our services at any time.
St. Elizabeth's also has a well-established tradition of partnering with other organizations to improve the health of the community. The primary service area for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital covers most of St. Clair County, pop. 270,046 (2010 Census). The secondary service area extends into Monroe, Clinton, Randolph and Madison Counties. Total population of the primary and secondary service area is 353,346 (2010 Census). St. Elizabeth’s Hospital also serves as a referral hospital the HSHS Southern Illinois Division which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, requires hospital organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) at least once every three taxable years, effective for taxable years beginning after March 23, 2012.
In 2012, we worked closely with the St. Clair County Healthy Department participating in the development of the County's IPLAN (Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs). The IPLAN is a community health assessment and planning process that is conducted by the local health jurisdictions in Illinois. It is used by St. Elizabeth's to determine the hospital's community benefit improvement strategies.
The public is welcome to review the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment report here.