Hospital District

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has been recognized as a Community Value Five-Star Hospital by Cleverley + Associates. The findings were released as part of the new publication: State of the Hospital Industry 2010 Edition. The Community Value Index (CVI) scoring ranked General Hospital as one of the top hospitals in the nation in terms of the value provided to the community. To learn more, click here.

The Private Act legislation that created the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District requires the District to provide medical care for everyone regardless of their ability to pay. During 2009, the District provided $79,735,920 in charity care, including $655,977 for Madison County jail and prison inmates.

The mission of the District and West Tennessee Healthcare is to provide high quality, compassionate healthcare. Non-core mission-driven services are provided at a monetary loss by the organization to underserved populations. These services would have to be performed by another organization if this organization was not responsible for them. Through grants, free services, community partnerships, and the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, projects and services are implemented to improve the health status of all. As a not-for-profit, public entity, West Tennessee Healthcare believes strongly in its responsibility to generously give back to the communities that it serves. 

Ways that we help others outside our hospital walls:

Grants: Since 1995, West Tennessee Healthcare has been responsible for writing grants for numerous community groups. In that time, more than $60 million has been received and put to use in all communities in West Tennessee. The majority of the grants were for Juvenile Justice and Youth programs. Below is a table that explains the pie chart on the left. This is for grants written, received, and ongoing 1995-June, 2010.

 Category  Original Award Amounts  Continuing Award Amounts Totals (see pie chart below) 
Juvenile Justice/Youth $  8,031,054 $7,781,575 $15,812,629
Health $  5,659,938 $4,454,624 $10,114,562 
Miscellaneous $     789,720 $   180,000 $     969,720
Criminal Justice $  2,644,358  $1,150,500 $  3,794,858
Child Care $  1,226,256 $3,868,909 $  5,095,165
Education/Employment $  9,503,378 $   241,292 $  9,744,670
Mental Health/Alcohol and Drug $  2,564,551 $2,901,137  $  5,456,688 
Housing $  9,108,153 $  9,108,153
Totals $39,527,408 $20,578,037  $60,105,445

Partnerships: Each year, West Tennessee Healthcare devotes approximately $200,000 in sponsorships of community events and services. Partnerships with groups such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society mean that important disease and drug research will be ongoing. West Tennessee Healthcare has a long history of supporting worthwhile organizations such as the Carl Perkins/Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Boy Scouts of America, Wo/Men's Rape Assistance Program, Madison-Haywood Developmental Services, and more. 

Screenings: In the last year, West Tennessee Healthcare provided 245 free health screening events and health fairs in the West Tennessee area with a dollar amount of $90,020. These screenings and health fairs served approximately 51,000 people. 

Education: During the past 10 years, approximately $1.3 million has been given in nursing scholarships to students attending Jackson State Community College, Union University, Dyersburg State Community College, University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Tennessee at Memphis, Tennessee Technology Center, and Southwest Community College in Memphis. To enhance healthcare-related educational programs, West Tennessee Healthcare has contributed more than $2 million to many of these same institutions to help with nursing programs, additional instructors, additional equipment, and physical plant.

Economic Impact: With more than 5,000 employees scattered throughout our 18-county service area, the economic impact of those employees can be felt in each community. These employees spend their wages on goods and pay taxes in their communities. According to the Tennessee Hospitals Association, hospitals make an annual economic impact of $8 billion in Tennessee. In Madison County alone,  healthcare provides approximately 3,800 jobs with annual payroll of more than $150 million.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.