Humana gives $200K to Community Medical

Humana Regional Medical Officer Mark Kiffer explains the donation will help reduce emergency room visits to the medical center.Humana Regional Medical Officer Mark Kiffer explains the donation will help reduce emergency room visits to the medical center.Humana Inc. wrote out a $200,000 check to increase patient access to Community Regional Medical Center, the health and well-being company announced at a press conference at the center in Downtown Fresno. 

The majority of the money will go toward extra space and staffing at Community Regional. A byproduct will be additional privacy for the clients.

“The program helps to reduce the frequency of visits to the emergency room and reduces in-patient admissions to and re-admissions,” said Mark Kiffer, Humana’s regional medical officer. “Humana is proud to provide community medical centers with resources needed to treat and improve the health and quality of life of the patients in Fresno.”

The center is one of three acute-care hospitals. The system as a whole accommodated 122,700 emergency visits from nearly 69,000 patients last year. About 950 of those visitors had nine or more visits in that time frame. The hospital calculates that 1.3 percent of patients accounted for 13.4 percent of the visits.

“Humana is committed to helping people achieve lifelong well-being,” said Virginia Judd, executive director for the Humana Foundation, in a release. “We are delighted to support the important work accomplished by Community Medical Centers as they continue to improve the health and well-being of the Fresno community.”