Frequently Asked Questions About the Bill
What is the Sale or Lease Bill?
The Sale or Lease Bill (HB 711) was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012. It mandates that the governing board of a county, district or municipal hospital or healthcare system evaluate the possible benefits from the sale or lease of hospital facilities to a not-for-profit or for-profit entity. The evaluation must commence no later than December 31, 2012.
What is Memorial Healthcare System?
Memorial Healthcare System is a public, non-profit hospital system governed by the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, a seven-member district board appointed by the governor. It is tax-assisted through property taxes that are solely used to provide primary care services to residents of South Broward County who are uninsured or underinsured.
Memorial is a six-hospital system that has been part of the South Broward community since 1953, and today it's the fifth largest public health system in the country. Memorial is a national model for world-class healthcare, offering a host of medical services, such as pediatric heart transplant, trauma and neonatal intensive care and other programs aimed at improving the health of the community, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Its facilities include: Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Memorial Manor Nursing Home, South Broward Community Health Services and Memorial Home Health.
Who owns the South Broward Hospital District?
South Broward Hospital District belongs to its residents. In 1947, residents voted in favor of a referendum to create a health district in south Broward County and to adopt a millage rate to support the mission of healthcare for all its residents, regardless of ability to pay.
What do taxpayers receive as part of the current taxing district?
Taxpayers receive world-class healthcare services close to home, managed by leaders who live in this community and physicians who are the best in their field. Memorial's expanded primary care services provide a medical home for many residents who cannot afford healthcare due to economic challenges. South Broward residents benefit from access to community programs, such as outpatient psychiatric services, youth services and senior services, among others.
How does Memorial affect my property taxes?
For the past 10 years, Memorial has been reducing its millage rate and providing much-needed tax relief to residents in south Broward County. Fiscal year 2013 will mark the third year in a row in which the District will absorb 100 percent of the uncompensated care delivered in all its hospitals, directing tax dollars to cover primary care services at Memorial's five South Broward Community Health Service locations, strategically situated throughout south Broward. The historical reduction means the District's sound management of Memorial's operations has allowed a relief in property taxes for residents while still providing world-class healthcare to this community.
What are Memorial's community programs?
Memorial is committed to community-based healthcare. Through the years, Memorial's commitment to the community has been evident in many programs that have benefitted south Broward County children and families. Revenues made by Memorial are reinvested back into the community.
Some of these community programs include:
- South Broward Community Health Services , operates five primary care centers and homeless services.
- Health Intervention for Targeted Services (HITS), helps uninsured and underserved residents connect with a medical home
- Community Youth Services, helps young people in south Broward County succeed through afterschool activities, prevention programs, substance abuse programs and mental health services
- Rebel Drop-In Center, an outpatient psychiatric service that provides social support, advocacy and peer counseling for individuals overcoming mental health or substance abuse issues
- Mobile Health Vans, these vans make regular visits to underserved areas of south Broward communities to provide immunizations and primary care services
- Children's Safety Programs, instructs and organizes safety programs on drowning prevention, stranger danger, etc.
- Memorial Senior Partners, manages 9,000 members who participate in a wide variety of social, educational and wellness activities
How does Memorial compare in quality and safety?
At Memorial, safety, quality and service are keys to excellence in patient-and-family-centered care. Among the many programs in which Memorial participates to assist in quality and safety improvements efforts is Premier, Inc.'s Quality Advisor application, which measures benchmarks against the top performers nationwide in the largest database of its kind in the U.S., and Premier's Quest collaborative in more than 290 hospitals work together toward goals for improving patient care. Results of Memorial's participation in the Quest collaborative from 2009 (baseline year) to 2011 showed a cost savings of nearly $63 million as a result of improved quality care and close to 350 lives saved.
Memorial's commitment to quality has been recognized by industry leaders and organizations. Among the awards received are the McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® from the American Hospital Association (2011); the Premier Award for Quality (2010); and Excellence in Health Care (Highest Quality Hospital Care and Service, 2010).