Community Benefit Services
The following seven broad categories as outlined in “A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit,” published by the Catholic Health Association of the United States, 2006, revised 2008, are central to accounting for and maintenance of Community Benefit inventory. The Community Benefit community strives for uniformity and reporting across the state and the nation, such standards are provided by the CHA/VHA Guide.
A. COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT SERVICES
a. These activities which result in improved community health can include health education, community-based clinical services such as health screenings, support groups, health care support services, and preventive services, self help programs like smoking cessation, pastoral outreach programs and social services provided for vulnerable populations in the community. Middlesex Hospital’s Health Improvement Services represent:
i. Community Health Education
ii. Support Groups
iii. Community Based Clinical Services
iv. Health Care Support Services
B. HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION
a. Educational programs in which the Hospital is involved which result in a degree or training necessary to practice as a health professional. Middlesex Hospital is proud to offer the following programs:
- Family Medicine Residency Program
- School of Radiologic Technology
- Nurse Residency Program
C. SUBSIDIZED HEALTH SERVICES
a. Includes negative margin services that are provided despite a financial loss to the Hospital (after removing losses from Medicaid, bad debt and charity care). Such services are provided because they meet an identified community need and if no longer offered either would be unavailable or fall to the responsibility of government or another not-for-profit organization to provide.
a. Includes all activities, investigations and studies designed to generate knowledge that will be available to the public.
E. FINANCIAL AND IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS
a. Category simply includes funds and in-kind services donated to individuals or the community at large
F. COMMUNITY BENEFIT OPERATIONS
a. Includes Community Benefit operations including costs associated with dedicated staff and community health needs assessment, strategy, administration and operations.
G. COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES
a. Includes programs not always directly related to health care that support opportunities to address the root causes of health problems such as poverty, homelessness, and environmental problems. Activities that improve the physical community (gardens, housing), participation on community boards designed to improve the wellness or enhance the economic development and community support, coalitions and leadership in collaborative community boards, and workforce development provide partnerships with community members in Middletown, Middlesex County and throughout the state.
Link to 2009 Community Benefit Footnote to IRS 990