To support our ongoing mission to provide quality care, personalized service
and education to improve community health, Atlantic General Hospital offers
a broad range of services, called community benefits, above and beyond
the healthcare for which AGH is reimbursed.
We recognize the value of prevention and outreach and strive to touch as
many people in Worcester County and the surrounding area as possible.
As a not-for-profit institution, Atlantic General Hospital is here because
of you and for you.
Highlighted below are just a few of the services that we provide to the
community at little or no cost to the individual.
Click here for the FY2018 Community Benefit Guidelines. for FY2017's guidelines,
Community Health Screenings
Atlantic General Hospital sponsors many opportunities throghout the year
for people to receive free preventive screenings. These screenings raise
awareness among community members of their health status while providing
counseling and referrals to programs that can help them improve their
health. Each year, we sponsor or participate in more than 25 health fairs
where free screenings are offered; we also offer hypertension clinics
in eight pharmacies throughout our region each month.
Some frequently performed screenings are body mass index (BMI) measurement,
bone density screenings, breast exams, carotid ultrasound screening, laboratory
blood analysis for total lipids and glucose, respiratory function screening
and skin cancer screenings.
During Fiscal Year 2016, we served more than 13,000 individuals at a cost
of nearly $57,000 to the organization.
Atlantic General Hospital and System, with its partners, the Herschel S.
Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland College
Park School of Public Health and Worcester County Public Schools, have
made great strides in their efforts to improve health literacy of elementary
and middle school students in Worcester County.
Visit our Intengrated Health Literacy Program webpage to learn more. During Fiscal Year 2016, Atlantic General invested $135,944
in this program.
Influenza Vaccine Clinics
Atlantic General Hospital provides free flu clinics to area residents each
year during flu season, which ranges from October through March. Influenza
can be devastating,contributing to the hospitalization of more than 200,000
Americans annually. Each year, 36,000 people die from the virus in this country.
During the 2011-2012 flu season, Atlantic General Hospital and Health System
provided over $90,000-worth of vaccine to more than 43,000 individuals
during our free flu clinics to reduce the spread of the virus in our community.
The dollars invested in free flu clinic activites has continued to rise
over the years.
Hospital hosts tours at the hospital or "virtual tours" for more
than 400 students in kindergarten and pre-k classes from seven of the
community’s elementary schools. These tours stress the importance
of hand hygiene and other preventive health measures. Perhaps more importantly,
they show children that the hospital is not scary, but a healing place
where they or their loved ones may come to get well.
Atlantic General offers free blood pressure checks and information on hypertension
at pharmacies throughout the area each month.
Through these, we have approximately 350 to 400 encounters with the community
each year. The clinics are an excellent resource for the community. Individuals
are often referred to their physicians as a result of the screenings,
and some physicians request that their patients come to the clinics to
monitor their blood pressure between office visits.