Catholic Health Association


Community benefits are programs and services designed to improve health in communities and increase access to health care. They are integral to the mission of Catholic and other not-for-profit health care organizations, and are the basis of tax exemption. For nearly 20 years, Catholic Health Organization has been a leader in the community benefit field, helping not‑for-profit health care organizations fulfill their community benefit mission.

Learn More about Community Benefit at the Catholic Health Association HERE!

Internal Revenue Service


The Internal Revenue Service has a varitey of options when it comes to supporting non-profit organizations that contribute to Community Benefit. 

Learn More About Community Benefit at the Internal Revenue Service Here

Community Health Needs Assessment Summary


Provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require charitable hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and adopt an Implementation Plan to meet the needs identified through the CHNA. The CHNA is a systematic process involving the community to identify and analyze community health needs as well as community assets and resources in order to plan and act upon priority community health needs. This assessment process results in a CHNA Report which is used to plan, implement, and evaluate Community Benefit activities. Once the CHNA Report is completed, a set of implementation strategies is developed based on the evidence and assets and resources identified in the CHNA process.

Every three years, the affiliated hospitals of Hospital Sisters Health System are required to conduct a CHNA and to adopt an Implementation Plan by an authorized body of the hospital in the same taxable year, and make the report widely available to the public. 

To comply with these requirements, HSHS affiliated hospitals led a collaborative approach in conducting their CHNAs and adopting an Implementation Plan in FY2022 in partnership with representatives from the community including other area hospitals, community organizations, area schools, local law enforcement, departments of public health and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network to name a few.

Upon completion of the CHNA, each hospital developed a set of implementation strategies and adopted an Implementation Plan to address priority community health needs surfaced in the CHNA process. Data collected throughout the assessment process was supplemented with, but not limited to community asset reviews, quantitative data, qualitative data gathered through CHNA Steering Committees with broad community representation, focus groups, local leader input, town hall meetings, and engagement sessions.

Identification and Prioritization of Needs


In FY2022, nine priority areas were identified by the 15 affiliated hospitals including: child maltreatment; substance abuse; mental health; diabetes and obesity; access to care; maternal infant health; behavioral health; chronic disease management and prevention; physical activity and nutrition.  To review each hospital’s FY2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Plan in its entirety, please click on the links to the right.

Please note that a paper copy is also available for public inspection without charge at each hospital.

FY2022 CHNAs Central Illinois


St. Francis Hospital
Litchfield, Illinois

St. John's Hospital
Springfield, Illinois

St. Mary’s Hospital
Decatur, Illinois

Good Shepherd Hospital
Shelbyville, Illinois 

FY2022 CHNAs Southern Illinois 


St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
Effingham, Illinois

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
O'Fallon, Illinois

St. Joseph’s Hospital
Breese, Illinois

St. Joseph’s Hospital
Highland, Illinois

Holy Family Hospital
Greenville, Illinois

FY2022 CHNAs Eastern Wisconsin


St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
Green Bay, Wisconsin

St. Nicholas Hospital
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

St. Vincent Hospital
Green Bay, Wisconsin

FY2022 CHNAs Western Wisconsin


Sacred Heart Hospital
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

St. Joseph's Hospital
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin