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Financial Overview

 Community Benefit Costs (in thousands)  2019  2018
Charity care  $14,199,000 $14,318,000
Unpaid costs of public programs  $112,054,000 $119,309,000
Community health improvement services  $2,961,000 $2,457,000
Health professions education  $7,603,000 $8,216,000
Subsidized health services  $11,271,000 $10,027,000
Cash and in-kind contributions  $3,155,000 $3,042,000
Research  $449,000 $754,000
Community building activities  $2,255,000 $2,298,000
Community benefit operations  $537,000 $402,000
 TOTAL  $154,484,000  $160,823,000

Types of Community Benefit Support

  • Charity care is the estimated cost of providing discounted or free services to patients that qualify for financial assistance.
  • Public programs include Medicare, Medicaid and other government-sponsored programs. Unpaid costs are the estimated costs of care in excess of reimbursement from these government programs.
  • Community health improvement services are free services offered to the community, such as classes, clinics and workshops.
  • Health professions education includes the cost of training programs for students pursuing health care careers.
  • Subsidized health services are the estimated cost of providing certain clinical services despite a financial loss, because the service meets a community need. Examples include emergency and trauma care, behavioral health services, and hospice and home health care.
  • Cash and in-kind contributions are grants given to individuals in need and charitable organizations in the community.
  • Research includes the costs associated with clinical trials whose results are made available to the public.
  • Community building activities include programs, such as the Samaritan Early Learning Center, designed to address the root causes of health problems.
  • Community benefit operations are costs required to conduct and coordinate community benefit activities.