Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Photo courtesy of the Scripps Health
Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Photo courtesy of the Scripps Health

Scripps Health provided $321.7 million of uncompensated care to indigent patients during its fiscal year ending in September 2014, according to an annual report from the San Diego-based healthcare nonprofit.

More than $259 million resulted from underpayments by Medi-Cal, Medicare and other government programs, according to the Scripps Health community benefits report.

Care that the organization provided to patients without insurance but not eligible for government assistance amounted to another $48 million, the state-mandated report said.

Scripps Health — which include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospitals in Encinitas and La Jolla, and the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute — cared for a quarter of the region’s uninsured patients during the fiscal year, the report said.

Patients not classified as charity cases failed to pay $14.6 million, the report said.

Scripps Health also donated more than $36 million to education and research, and $14.6 million to community health services like prevention and wellness programs.

“Scripps is proud to continue its strong commitment to the San Diego community,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO.

“Today, more than 16,000 employees, physicians and volunteers continue to build on our rich history and keep the spirit of community service alive by going well beyond the call of duty in providing charity care, educational programs, health screenings and other much-needed services.”

Scripps Health employees and affiliated physicians volunteered 7,529 hours in support of community benefit programs the organization sponsored.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.