First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center provided more than $27 million in patient financial assistance and community benefit programs in fiscal year 2021.
“GMHHC offers a comprehensive approach to improve community health, including financial assistance for those unable to afford medically necessary care, a range of prevention and health improvement programs conducted by the hospital alongside community partners, and investments in efforts that address the social determinants of health,” the hospital said in a statement.
During the 2021 fiscal year, Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center provided $27,661,933 in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services and other community benefits.
In addition to the community health improvement services and other community benefit programs, the hospital also offers financial assistance for medically necessary hospital services to patients who meet certain criteria. More information about the hospital’s Financial Assistance Policy, including who is eligible to receive assistance, can be found at dignityhealth.org/socal/locations/glendalememorial/patients-and-visitors/for-patients/billing-and-payment/financial-assistance and general information about the hospital can be found at dignityhealth.org/socal/locations/glendalememorial.
Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center has just named a new chief of staff, Dr. David Rogers, who will serve a two-year term through December 2022. Rogers is an orthopedic spine surgeon who has been in private practice and a member of the Glendale Memorial Hospital medical staff for 20 years. Rogers previously served as Glendale Memorial Hospital’s chair of surgery division, and as Glendale Memorial Hospital’s vice chief of staff. He has also been a medical director at Glendale Memorial Hospital since 2001. After graduating cum laude in general studies from Harvard, he received his Medical Doctorate from Harvard Medical School. He then completed an orthopedic surgery residency at UCLA Medical Center, an orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at UCLA Medical Center, and an orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at Saint John’s Health Center Spine Institute in Santa Monica. Rogers is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Rogers is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He has received numerous honors, including the Harvard College Endicott Peabody Saltonstall Prize, the Harvard Medical School Public Service Award, and the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year (selected by the UCLA Medical Center department of nursing).
When the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in the Southland in March, Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center took appropriate steps to prepare for the potential influx of patients. Hospitals incurred significant expenses to sustain staffing, build surge capacity and secure equipment while canceling most of its scheduled procedures. According to a spokesperson, the Glendale Memorial Health Foundation knew that its philanthropy efforts would be critical during the pandemic, so it created the Emergency Response/COVID-19 Fund. This fund provides for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary resources to support the hospital and community during this difficult time. “Receiving this $100,000 charitable donation from the S.H. Ho Foundation is a reminder that Glendale Memorial Hospital has more than the support of our private Foundation, it has the support of our whole community,” said GMHHC Hospital President Jill Welton. David Ho, governor of the S.H. Ho Foundation, said, “The Ho Foundation is proud to continue our support of Glendale Memorial. We are extremely grateful for their amazing caregivers who are here for us in our community during these challenging times. As Sandra Day O’Connor said, ‘Be grateful and show it.’ This gift is a gift of gratitude.”