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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Carilion Clinic Publishes Community Benefit Report

Carilion Clinic has published its first "Community Benefit Report". The report was distributed as in insert in the December 11 edition of the Roanoke Times. It is also available online. You can download the report as a PDF file here.

The Internal Revenue Service has defined "community benefit" for not-for-profit hospitals to include
  • Charity Care (the actual cost of providing the service)
  • Health professions education - training doctors, nurses and other health professionals who will provide care in our communities
  • Critical Community Services - what the health care organization spends to underwrite vital health services that lose money, and would not otherwise be available. Examples include trauma care, medical helicopters, pediatric cancer care, etc.
  • Grants and Contributions to support health-related initiatives in the community.
  • Community Outreach - educational programs, health fairs, free health screenings, etc. provided to the public.