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2020 Community Benefit Report

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Keeping our Community a Healthy Step Ahead

WellSpan Health is more than a health care provider to the south central Pennsylvania communities we serve. We take time to understand each community’s health care needs and engage with our community partners to identify the best way to meet those needs. This digital 2020 WellSpan Community Benefit Report looks at some of the ways WellSpan Health has worked with its partners throughout south central Pennsylvania to address food and housing insecurity, contribute to public safety, improve our communities and provide care for all. Through our partnerships and leadership, WellSpan Health is supporting dozens of community organizations in their tireless efforts to make south central Pennsylvania a healthier place to live. We hope you will explore the stories in this section that help illustrate how WellSpan and its partners are keeping our community A Healthy Step Ahead.

Community Initiatives Supported in 2020

Click a topic below to learn more about initiatives supported in that area.

Behavioral Health

Initiative Supported

Progress / Results

Mental Health First Aid

Offered 64 MHFA training sessions and equipped 1,091 community members with skills needed to recognize and respond to signs of mental illness and those in crisis.

Question, Persuade and Refer. (QPR)

Trained 828 community members on the warning signs of suicidal crisis as well as how to respond and seek help.

Mental Health Awareness Classes

Trained 1,500 individuals in mental health issues including warning signs, intervention resources, and wellness practices. This includes farmers, state agencies, and those working to support COVID mitigation efforts.

Parent Training for Family-based Services

Reached 50 parents across the region with workshops to help create a healthy relationship with their children and deal with challenging behavior in a positive way.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Provided trainings for over 2,100 WellSpan health workers and community members on crisis intervention.

Suicide Prevention Campaign

Engaged 120 people in community film event and book discussion on topics of depression, suicide and resiliency.

Opioid and Prescription Drug Use

Initiative Supported

Progress / Results

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Initiated 520 patients into the program, which combines the use of medications and recovery support to treat people with substance use disorders.

South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition

Expanded into Southeast PA through the collaboration of health systems and health care professional organizations focused on addressing opioid prescribing, addiction and the heroin crisis.

York Opioid Collaborative

Actively supported by helping to solicit funds and participation in the Public Health, Safety and Data Teams.

Project Lazarus

Continued to support Lancaster County's overdose prevention program.

National Night Out

Engaged 266 individuals during events in Chambersburg and Waynesboro.

Nutrition & Food Insecurity

Initiative Supported

Progress / Results

Food Insecurity Community Collaboration

Maintained participation and leadership in each of the region’s efforts to address food availability and insecurity.

Market Basket of the Month

Provided healthy eating educational materials to community partners, worksites, schools, and markets.

Market Bucks

Provided fruit and vegetable vouchers to 310 WellSpan patients with food insecurity challenges, which contributed $31,620 to local farmers and growers.

WellSpan at Mondays Market

Partnered to provide a convenient location for those using Farmers Market Nutrition Program and WIC vouchers, reaching more than 500 community members while also promoting themed weeks such as Latino Day, Community Day and Senior Day.​

Community Garden Workshop

Provided an educational event for more than 60 participants.

Community Engagement

Initiative Supported

Progress / Results

Get Smart About Antibiotics Campaign

Provided 1,204 second- and fifth-graders, from 55 classes, with handwashing presentations.

Safe Kids York County

Educated 2,200 community members about bike, home, pedestrian and sports safety in 23 community events.

A Stronger You

Provided health professions students with practical learning opportunities by working with community members with a strength training program.

Sole Supporters

Worked with community parters to initiate a weekly walk for seniors at the Lebanon Valley Mall.

Safe Kids Adams County- Car Seat Safety

Provided 72 car seats for at-risk community members as part of the Safe Kids Injury Prevention program in Adams County.

Adult Overweight & Obesity

Initiative Supported

Progress / Results

10-Pound Throwdown – a community weight loss challenge

Engaged 7,200 individuals in losing nearly 14,000 pounds.

A Healthy You

Engaged 38 community members in an eight-week educational series on healthy living.

Get Fit Now

Promoted healthy lifestyle changes to 108 participants through supportive group sessions, the use of FitBit technology and strategies to help participants improve their health.

Get Outdoors (GO) Program

Handed out more than 15,000 activity sheets and expanded the program into all five counties WellSpan serves. More than 5,000 participants actively engaged in the outdoor physical activity program that aligns with the libraries' Summer Reading initiatives.

Women's Wellness Day

Promoted importance of physical activity and nutrition to 126 individuals for this first annual event in partnership with Shippensburg University.

Chronic Disease Prevention

Initiative Supported

Progress / Results

Autism Awareness Fair

Provided an educational opportunity for 512 Franklin County community members.

Ephrata Prediabetes & Diabetes Prevention Program

Engaged 24 individuals with prediabetes in a four-hour, low-cost educational program on lifestyle behaviors and prevention.

Recipe for a Healthy Heart--(new--initiative titled Heart Month Campaign)

Provided nutrition, weight and healthy heart messages to 45 Franklin County community members.

Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair

Gathered community organizations that shared information on various health topics and provided 10 health screenings to 1,700 participants.

Tobacco Programming

Educated more than 1,100 individuals on tobacco use prevention and cessation.

Virtual School Nurse In-Service

Trained 57 school health professionals on multiple topics with an emphasis on behavioral health and coping skills.

Who We Serve

WellSpan Health is so much more than an integrated healthcare system, we are deeply invested in understanding and addressing the needs of each community we serve.

Explore our care locations.

  • WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital
  • WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital
  • WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital
  • WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
  • WellSpan Medical Group
  • WellSpan Philhaven
  • WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital
  • WellSpan VNA Home Care
  • WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital
  • WellSpan York Hospital
  • WellSpan Summit Physician Services

Key Leaders

WellSpan Health Executive Leadership

WellSpan Health Board Leadership