The Mission of HSHS is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. We live our Mission by healing those who seek our care, as well as through our Community Benefit initiatives. Working collaboratively with others in the 14 communities we serve, our Community Benefit efforts are successfully expanding access to care, improving the health status of residents, and furthering medical education and knowledge.
Across HSHS, we collectively provide tens of millions of dollars in Community Benefit each year. The percentage of Community Benefit we provide typically approaches 10% of our total expenses. We calculate our Community Benefit investments by including what we provide in Charity Care and the cost of care that is unreimbursed care provided under the Medicaid program. While HSHS hospitals also commit significant resources to care for Medicare patients, we do not count unreimbursed care under this federal program as Community Benefit. Nor do we count uncollectible accounts.
Beyond the dollars invested in our Community Benefit programs, HSHS also continues to reinvest any surplus revenue from operations and investments into new medical technology, facility infrastructure and health care services in our communities. By doing do, we ensure we are able to meet the ongoing demand for high quality, efficient and easily accessible health care.