Every year, St. Charles puts out an Annual Report that’s intended to provide an update of the health system’s operations, community benefit and clinical impact on Central Oregon.
We just published our 2022 Annual Report, and I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out.
For me, two numbers in this report stand out as very clear reminders of why St. Charles is here and what it is we do every day.
One is that 162,855 unique patients received services at St. Charles hospitals in 2022, up 20% from 135,618 in 2019. Please note that those numbers don’t represent visits, but unique patients, which means 162,855 different people were helped.
That number includes not only local residents, but also people visiting Central Oregon, people from other parts of Oregon referred to St. Charles, and those passing through the region. Regardless of who they are, where they come from or why they sought care, each one of those 162,855 people needed St. Charles. And St. Charles was here for them. (If you’re wondering, the Central Oregon Health Council estimates the region’s population at about 264,000.)
The other statistic that jumped out at me was that 108,042 unique individuals received care from one of our St. Charles physicians or providers in 2022, up 19% from 2019. Again, these are unique individuals, not visits.
These folks came to us for care in a wide variety of specialties, including women’s health, oncology, anticoagulation, behavioral health, sleep care, heart and lung, home health, hospice, urgent care, family care, wound care, trauma care, and many points in between. In every case, they received the care they needed from one of more than 430 compassionate, highly trained physicians and providers.
I am incredibly proud to work alongside them and all of our St. Charles caregivers, who spend every day playing a vital role in providing fundamental, critical health services to our region and outstanding care to our patients. They are the backbone of our organization, and St. Charles could not play its indispensable role in the community without their passion, dedication and expertise.
These two numbers (and the 2022 Annual Report in general) are excellent reminders that everything we do is rooted in our central core mission: in a spirit of love and compassion, better health, better care, better value.