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The People Behind the Numbers

The people of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge are friends and neighbors taking care of friends and neighbors. In 2014, our Community Benefit was more than $68 million, the actual cost of healthcare services provided with partial or no payments from any source. This record amount for a single year also includes investments that Blue Ridge makes in our community for educating health professionals, supporting worthwhile causes, funding community health clinics, improving community health and many other community-building improvements.

Behind this record are real people who depend on us for care.

The People Behind the Numbers

6,926 | The number of poor and needy people, sometimes called “charity patients,” without any means to pay for their medical care, but who were cared for by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in the past year.

21,639 | The number of uninsured patients we served in the past 12 months. Most received financial assistance from us. Many had lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs in our area’s tough economy.


91,773 | The number of Medicare and Medicaid patients served by our hospitals in the past year. Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is often paid less than the actual cost of delivering care by these two government programs. A growing number of Medicare and Medicaid patients cannot even afford their required co- payments, but we do not turn them away.

60,600 | The number of people who turned to the Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Emergency Departments over the past year for care ranging from minor illnesses to chronic health problems and life- threatening situations.

7,527 | The number of free health screenings we provided over the past twelve months to search for signs of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, bone disease and other major health threats.

1,499 | The number of full- and part-time jobs Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge provides as Burke County’s largest single private employer. Every job in our healthcare system generates additional jobs in the community.

206 | The number of primary care physicians and physician specialists on our medical staff who, along with their advanced practitioners and staffs, serve the people of Burke and surrounding counties.