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Financial Overview (in thousands)

 Community Benefit Costs (in thousands)  2018 2017
Charity care $14,318 $12,079
Unpaid costs of public programs $119,309 $120,779
Community health improvement services $2,457 $2,583
Health professions education $8,216 $6,945
Subsidized health services $10,027 $7,546
Cash and in-kind contributions $3,042 $3,071
Research $754 $747
Community building activities $2,298 $2,323
Community benefit operations $402 $336
 TOTAL  $160,823  $156,409

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.