Community Benefit

Community Benefit

What is Community Benefit?

In 2015, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provided $13.2 million in community benefit.

Community benefits are programs and services designed to improve health in communities and increase access to health care. They are integral to the mission of Catholic and other not-for-profit health care organizations, and are the basis of tax exemption. For nearly 20 years, Catholic Health Association (CHA) has been a leader in the community benefit field, helping not-for-profit health care organizations fulfill their community benefit mission. - See more

Catholic and other not-for-profit health care organizations demonstrate their commitment to community service through organized and sustainable community benefit programs providing:

  • Free and discounted care to those unable to afford health care
  • Care to low-income beneficiaries of Medicaid and other indigent care programs
  • Services designed to improve community health and increase access to health care

In the last fiscal year, Catholic-sponsored, not-for-profit member hospitals contributed more than $5.7 billion in services identified as community benefit using CHA’s guidelines.

Community benefit is also the basis of the tax-exemption of not-for-profit hospitals. The Internal Revenue Service, in its Revenue Ruling 69–545, describes the community benefit standard for charitable tax-exempt hospitals.

Community benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment and/or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. They increase access to health care and improve community health. They are not provided for marketing purposes.

A community benefit must respond to an identified community need and meet at least one of the following criteria:

Additionally, we care for underserved populations through our participation in government-assisted programs such as Medicaid and through our Charity Care Policy

Learn more in our Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Plans.

Community benefit is about more than numbers. To learn more about our impact on the community through the stories of those we help, download our 2015 Community Benefit Report. 2015CommunityBenefitReport.pdf

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