Provide any other information important to describing how the organization's hospitals or other health care facilities further its exempt purpose by promoting the health of the community (e.g., open medical staff, community board, use of surplus funds, etc.).

DISCUSSION: Filing organizations, particularly multi-hospital systems that file under different EINs, may wish to provide information about the entire system and its combined expenses and percentage of total expenses by appending to its filings a somewhat more in-depth Statement of Program Service Accomplishments required under Part III of the core Form 990 that describes the entire system and its combined contributions to community benefit in descriptive and financial terms. Keep in mind that when Forms 990 are made available to the public through accessible websites such as GuideStar, the narrative will appear in block and without punctuation, making it somewhat difficult to read. To address those shortcomings, it may be useful to include a link to the website where the filing organization's community benefit report is found and to focus on highlights from that report or other sources in the Program Services Accomplishments.

The Board of Directors is made up of medical and business professionals, almost all of whom reside in the hospital's primary service area. These volunteers give countless hours of service to the hospital in their oversight role. They are involved in the community needs assessment process, in fundraising, and in general stewardship.

Medical staff privileges are offered to all qualified physicians in the community.

The hospital utilizes surplus funds to maintain access to patient services and to expand access points of care to patients throughout the community including, but not limited to, the following: 1) educational programs that provide classes and information on tobacco cessation, healthy aging, childbirth, infant care, early pregnancy and more; 2) free blood pressure and diabetes screening, and mammograms to qualifying individuals, free or low-cost screenings for breast, prostate, skin a nd colorectal cancers as well as osteoporosis assessments; 3) expansion of the emergency department to accommodate increase in emergency department patients; 4) funding to a newly established nonprofit organization which will operate and manage health and wellness centers that will provide access to medical care and preventative health education to a historically underserved and low-income community.

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