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Improving Community Health Is at the Core of Our Mission

In 2021, Samaritan invested more than $240 million in community health activities such as services for low-income individuals, free health screenings, health-related research, training for health professionals and grants to local nonprofits in support of health initiatives. Of particular note:  this investment increased from 2020 even though the pandemic challenged our ability to host on-site student experiences and interact with community-based organizations to the degree we typically would.

These investments are designed to help address priorities and gaps as identified through hospital Community Health Needs Assessments and the resulting Community Benefit Implementation Plans. Our current areas of focus are:

1. Healthy Families

Increase physical activity, fitness and access to nutritious foods for children through age 18 and families.

2. Greater Access

Increase access to medical, dental and mental health supports and services in the community.

3. Better Networks

Increase social supports for families.

4. Healthy Kids

Increase services and supports for children.

5. Healthy Teens

Increase services and supports for adolescents.

6. Healthy Seniors

Increase social supports for seniors.

As we complete these activities each year, we believe it’s important to report back to the community regarding progress that has been made in each goal area. On the following pages, you’ll find success stories as well as data that will help illustrate how we’re partnering with many others in our region to build healthier communities together. We are pleased to share these stories of hope and inspiration with you.

Doug Boysen, JD, MHA
President/CEO, Samaritan Health Services

About Community Benefit

Samaritan’s contribution to the community through community benefit activities includes many types of support to individuals and programs. Our holistic approach focuses on programs and services that meet patients wherever they are at on their journey in life and in health.

Learn About the Organizations We Support

The organizations we support through our Social Accountability Grant funding play important roles in our local communities. They provide resources, programs and supports that make a difference in the lives of people each and every day. We invite you to spend a moment to learn about our featured organizations for each of our six goals through real life stories, photos and more.