What is Community Benefit?

Community Benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment and/or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. These programs:

  • Often operate at a financial loss to the hospital
  • Respond to needs of special groups, such as persons living in poverty
  • Supply services that would likely be discontinued or would need to be provided by another organization if the decision was made purely on a financial basis
  • Respond to public health needs
  • Involve education or research that improves the overall community health

From “A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit,” published by the Catholic Health Association of the United States, 2006, revised 2008, developed in cooperation with VHA, Inc.

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