As a non-profit healthcare organization, St. Luke’s is fortunate to provide services back to the community we call home. Community benefits, or programs or services focused on improving health, address the health-related needs of Siouxland. Integral to our mission, community benefits are the basis of our non-profit tax exemption status and are not for marketing or promotional purposes.
What is a True Community Benefit?
St. Luke’s only counts the cost or amount of dollars it takes to provides care in our community benefit report, we do not include the estimated charges for a particular service. Some hospitals still report charges which do not provide an accurate picture of the total community benefit a hospital provides. St. Luke’s total also does not include Medicare and bad debt totals, neither of which is considered part of a hospital’s true community benefit.
St. Luke’s includes the following in our community benefit report:
- Unpaid Cost of Medicaid: Represents the unreimbursed costs associated with
St. Luke’s treating Medicaid patients. Cost is the amount of dollars it takes to provide care.
- Charity Care: St. Luke’s provides free or reduced charges for individuals who qualify for financial assistance including patients who are uninsured or underinsured.
- Financial & In-Kind Contributions and Subsidiary of Residency Program: This includes any community contributions such as cash, equipment or supply donations. It also includes the cost associated with St. Luke’s coordination of events which benefit other Siouxland non-profit organizations and the cost of employees’ work time in community involvement activities.
- Health Professional Education: Specialty seminars sponsored by St. Luke’s for healthcare professionals, educational programs resulting in a degree or training necessary to practice as a health professional, financial assistance for students and preceptor programs all are considered part of health professional education.
- Community Health Improvements, Services and Other Benefits: This category includes community health education and prevention services such as screenings that are free or charged at a nominal fee. Community-building activities, environmental improvements and community workforce enhancements are also included.
- Subsidized Health Services: St. Luke’s provides needed community services like behavioral health, diabetes and other outpatient hospital services despite the millions of dollars in financial loss these services incur each year.
St. Luke’s Community Benefit Summary
In 2010, St. Luke’s gave nearly $11.1 million in community benefits to the Sioux City, Iowa, community. Some 29,827 Siouxlanders were impacted by St. Luke’s community benefits last year.