Community Benefits

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, click here.

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.

Health Literacy

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.

School Tours
Atlantic General 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.

Hypertension Clinics
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.