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 FY2016 Community Benefit Guidelines.
Annual Health Fair
Atlantic General Hospital conducts an annual “Healthy Happenings”
fair for Eastern Shore residents and visitors. AGH began the health fair
in 1999 to meet the serious need for continuing health education in the
county, which has higher rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension,
diabetes and cancers of all types than the national average.
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.
Hospital hosts 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.