Community BenefitGiving Back
“Community benefit” describes a whole range of activities that not only enhance the availability of healthcare services but enrich a community's overall quality of life.
It includes the costs of financial assistance to uninsured patients; the costs of discounts extended to uninsured patients; and underwriting services that fulfill vital needs but do not pay for themselves, including community clinics, research and education. Community benefit also includes the value of in-kind contributions by healthcare personnel.
The collective impact of Carolinas HeathCare’s charitable and community outreach activities during 2010 was extraordinary.
For example, employees representing 36 departments at CMC-Union in Monroe, NC, donated 113 bicycles and helmets to the Union County Christmas Bureau, which serves underprivileged families. At Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, NC, radiologists issued a generous employee challenge during the holiday season, providing a child's bike to Helping Hands for each safety helmet donated by employees.