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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.

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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:

  • Improve access to health care services. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center works closely with other providers by participating in the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP) to connect those at risk with care. CHAP employs trained and certified insurance navigators to help connect residents to free or low-cost health insurance through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace. This program makes it easier for uninsured adults to get the health care they need if they do not qualify for any state or federal programs.  
  • Enhance health of the community. St. Vincent Charity Medical Center provides information on health topics to the community through a variety of ways, including:
  • Advance medical or health knowledge. As a teaching hospital St. Vincent Charity Medical Center advances medical and health knowledge. We also provide opportunities for learning to the broader community through our:
  • Relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts.

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


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.

2015 Community Benefit Report

Hospitals serve a critical need in the community.

Since 1865, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has been meeting the unmet needs of the community through its programs and services. One way we determine those needs is through a Community Health Needs Assessment.


In 2016, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center was proud to partner with the Center for Health Affairs to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. 

Read the full 2016 CHNA here


Based on the data in the 2016 CHNA, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Community Benefit Planning Committee has begun work on a three-year Implementation Plan focused on three priority areas:

  • Access to mental health and addiction services
  • Obesity and food insecurity (a collaboration with all of the region’s hospitals)
  • Quality of care (focusing on culturally appropriate care, health literacy and access)

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's 2017-2019 Community Health Needs Implementation Plan was approved by the Board of Directors on April 7, 2017. 

It is available here for public review. 


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment is available here for public review.

And, the following is the 2013-2016 Implementation Plan

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