Sioux City Hospitals Provide Over $26 Million in Community Benefit
Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City provided $16.3 million in community benefit and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s another $10.4 million in community benefit according to a recently completed assessment by Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).
The IHA report shows that Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2014 valued at over $1.2 billion. Community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs.
According to the IHA report, St. Luke’s reported over $2.2 million in charity care as well as $1.7 million in subsidized health and community services.
Mercy reported $5.5 million in charity care in addition to $7.2 million in subsidized health and community services.
“St. Luke’s is focused on strengthening the quality of life and well-being in the communities we serve,” says Lynn Wold, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. “Giving back to Siouxland through financial assistance and programs and services geared toward bettering the overall health of our residents is a vital role of a community hospital like St. Luke’s. We are committed to our work and the people we serve and strive to provide the best outcome for every patient every time.”
“It’s all about taking care of patients and being a good corporate citizen,” says Jim FitzPatrick, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City. “Mercy has been an integral part of this community for 125 years and we continue to honor the legacy established by the Sisters of Mercy that we have an obligation to care for those who need our help. We are grateful to the people of Siouxland for trusting us with their care and look forward with great optimism to the future.”
Focused on improving health, community benefits address the health-related needs of Siouxland and improve access to health resources. Community benefits are the basis of community hospitals’ non-profit tax exemption status and are not for marketing or promotional purposes.