Delaware hospitals contributed more than $275 million in community benefits to the state in fiscal year 2014, an increase of more than $9 million since FY 2011, according to a new report by the Delaware Healthcare Association. The total includes the value of community benefit programs, charity care, bad debt, and payment shortfalls attributed to Medicare, Medicaid and other government-sponsored health insurance. In addition, Delaware hospitals are the second largest source of private-sector jobs in the state, employing 20,363 people in FY 2014, the report notes. “Delaware’s hospitals have a tremendous impact on the health care and economy of the state,” said DHA President and CEO Wayne Smith. “They heal, help and hire within their communities.” For more information, visit http://deha.org.