Commitment to Our Community
Serving the Underserved
AMC is commissioned to provide care for all regardless of ethnicity, age or financial status. This dedication drives efforts to provide free and discounted services to the underserved population of our community.
Every day, we give back to our community in the form of free health care, donations, prevention and wellness activities, and subsidized programs that we choose to operate at a loss simply because they are needed.
Our Healthvan program partners with community organizations to serve the community by providing free or low cost health screenings in tandem with health education services to prevent illness among the underserved: low income and migrant worker families, teens, seniors and the homeless.
The Healthvan program provides services that include: blood pressure testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, immunizations and treatment for children of migrant families, HIV screening, eye examinations, bone density testing, pulmonary function testing, stroke screening (ultrasound examination) and flu shots.
Interacting with our community is very important at AMC and we are involved in several community events such as Adopt a Family, Race for the Cure, Relay for Life and the NAMI Walk. AMC also partners with other leading community organizations in health care such as, Oregon Center for Nursing, STARS Foundation and Oregon Cardiovascular Symposium to improve health in our neighborhoods.
Many employees volunteer time to these events and organizations. In 2008, 202 employees and their families participated in Portland's Race for the Cure.
Our physicians give their time to the Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS), to provide medical services free of charge to those without medical insurance. All laboratory, radiology and emergency services are facilitated by AMC. Many hospital physicians from a wide range of specialties are willing to treat patients on a referral basis from the clinic as well. Last year PACS had 999 clinic patients.
Every day, we give back to our community in the form of free health care, donations, prevention and wellness activities and subsidized programs that we choose to operate at a loss simply because they are needed. It is important to differentiate between bad debt and charity care offered by AMC.