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Dignity Health North State which includes Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, annually reports on community health programs, including the health needs being addressed, programs and measurable objectives, and the economic value of our community benefit in the North State. The comprehensive approach to improve community health includes financial assistance for those unable to afford medically necessary care, a range of prevention and health improvement programs conducted by the hospital with community partners, and investing in efforts that address social determinants of health. In fiscal year 2020, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital provided $6,044,203 in patient financial assistance, unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health improvement services and other community benefits Throughout the North State, the company has provided more than $18 million through patient assistance and programs. In addition to the community health improvement services and other community benefit programs, each hospital also offers financial assistance for medically necessary hospital services to patients who meet certain criteria. More information can be found at to learn more.


(WAFB) - Small Business Saturday means more foot traffic for local businesses in the capitol area, which will be a plus for business owners during the pandemic It’s the busiest shopping weekend of the year, and Saturday is for the small businesses that need customers now more than ever. “So, it’s a challenge and it takes a lot of time and effort. Even though we may have been closed on the front door behind the scenes, you know, I said I was like a duck paddling underwater, I just was just paddling faster than ever,” says small business owner Lynn Leblanc. Leblanc and her jewelry store The Silver Sun had to get creative. Like so many others, this local shop focused on getting more customers to buy rings and bracelets online. They are reaching more people on the web, but that doesn’t necessarily mean more money for the store. “Being online and increasing our presence in social media has expanded our presence a little bit. As far as revenue and sales coming in that’s still a challenge every day with COVID and 2020,” Leblanc see here now explains. However, now that Saturday is here, shops across Baton Rouge are happy to at least welcome some customers back inside.