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Financial Overview

 Community Benefit Costs (in thousands)  2021 2020 
Charity care    $12,231,000  $12,516,000
Unpaid costs of public programs  $117,125,000  $81,525,000
Community health improvement services      $3,197,000    $2,619,000
Health professions education      $8,775,000    $5,698,000
Subsidized health services    $13,889,000  $16,964,000
Cash and in-kind contributions      $2,445,000    $2,611,000
Research         $281,000       $336,000
Community building activities      $3,237,000    $3,744,000
Community benefit operations         $297,000       $322,000
 TOTAL  $161,477,000  $126,335,000

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.