Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality care, hospitals deliver enormous value to their communities through programs to promote wellness and prevention, protect our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen community partnerships, and more.

A report released this week reveals just how much non-profit hospitals in particular give back to their communities. Conducted by EY, the report shows that for every dollar invested in non-profit hospitals and health systems via their federal tax exemption, they deliver $11 in benefits back to their communities in the form of health care services to treat illness and disease as well as maintain the health and well-being of their communities.

And hospitals tailor these benefits to the needs of their distinctive communities. In Kansas, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital provides low-income families with much-needed baby supplies. In Michigan, Munson Medical Center supplies patients with chronic diseases with nutritional counseling and vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables. In Kentucky, Baptist Health Lexington sponsors support groups for breast cancer survivors.

Programs like these and many more strengthen the bond between America’s hospitals and the communities they serve. We have a special responsibility for our patients, and advancing their health must be our foundational mission.

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