The mission of all hospitals and health systems, regardless of size and type of ownership, is to care for their patients and communities. In addition to providing financial assistance to those in need, hospitals have programs that are responsive to their community’s needs. These include help with housing, accessing healthy food, educational programs, health screenings, transportation to ensure patients arrive at needed medical appointments, vaccination clinics and other programs to address the many other needs that affect the community’s health and well-being.
Community Benefit During the Pandemic
The children’s hospital arms educators and parents with critical COVID-19 information and encourages vaccinations.
CentraCare is using multiple strategies to ensure communities with lower vaccination rates in central Minnesota get the COVID-19 vaccine.
In keeping with its mission of “making communities healthier,” Trios Health, based in southeastern Washington state, is ensuring the communities it serves understand how to fight the influenza virus.
Cone Health created an online destination called Wellness Matters, featuring a wide range of educational resources, so people can learn as much as possible about their health and take responsibility for managing their conditions.
Anticipating the “serious impact” of a season with both the flu and COVID-19, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center developed a plan to provide flu vaccination for veterans, at no cost.
Improving the health of their communities is at the heart of every hospital’s mission.
For example, tax-exempt hospitals annually demonstrate accountability to the communities they serve by reporting to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the benefits they provide to their community using the IRS Form 990 Schedule H and making it publicly available. This report summarizes such community benefit information for the tax year 2018, the tax year for which the most recent comprehensive filed information is available.