Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Contributes to Area Communities

Good Shepherd Hospital News
August 14, 2017

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital played an integral role in Advocate Health Care’s $692 million contributions in charitable care and community services in 2016, up $6 million from the previous year.

Good Shepherd, in addition to providing free and subsidized care, offered several programs and services that respond to the unique needs of Barrington and surrounding communities, as determined through Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s community health needs assessments.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, more than 17,000 (K-12) students from 32 schools participated in Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s school-based childhood obesity prevention program, Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health (CATCH). The program involves testing student fitness levels in the fall and spring each year, then comparing the test results to determine the level of improvement. Results indicated a 4.5 percent improvement of students in the Healthy Zone.

Good Shepherd Hospital also sponsored additional programming for childhood obesity prevention in 2016. The Fruits and Veggies Program, which allows students to participate in a hands-on edible creative activity with fruits and vegetables and provides education on the importance of fruits and vegetables, is being implemented in six schools. The hospital also supported Fitness Clubs in all eight elementary schools in Barrington District 220 and provided 12 school-based programs, including health lectures, health events, and fitness events.

Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest integrated health system, provided benefits to communities across the state, including charity care – free or discounted care for the uninsured and underinsured – and care without full reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as language assistance services, volunteer programs, and medical education and training.

Advocate’s contributions included not only hospital-based services, such as trauma care, but also community health focused activities. For example, Advocate funded school-based health centers that provide physicals to low-income, uninsured and underinsured children, immunization clinics focused on ceasing the spread of preventable illnesses, and health education and screenings to identify at-risk individuals and to prevent or promote self-management of disease.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital:

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. In 2013, Advocate Good Shepherd achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program, the highest award a hospital can receive for outstanding quality and excellence in nursing care. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit