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Healthier Tomorrows: Community Benefit

As defined by the IRS, Community Benefit includes programs or activities that improve access to healthcare services and community health, advance medical or health knowledge, or relieve or reduce government or community burden. These programs should be in response to a community-identified need with a particular focus on assisting the underserved. Community benefit includes charity care and the unreimbursed cost of health services for individuals with Medicaid, along with community health improvement programs, health professions education, and subsidized health services and research.

Click here to view the 2019 Valley Health Community Benefit Report.

By the Numbers

In 2018, Valley Health’s comprehensive community contribution exceeded $170.2 million, including care and services classified as Community Benefit, Medicare reimbursement shortfall and bad debt expense. We provided $72.4 million in Community Benefit in 2018 that the Internal Revenue Service recognizes as directly supporting our tax exempt status. This surpassed our estimated tax liability by more than $63.6 million.

Behind the Numbers

Access to Care

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  • Partnerships with free medical clinics
  • Patient transport and taxi vouchers
  • Free/reduced cost dental services

Lifelong Learning

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  • CPR and Stop the Bleed Community Education
  • Smoking Cessation Classes
  • Advance Directive Information Session

Opportunities for Youth

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  • Career Education (Worlds of Work, Project Search)
  • Health Camps (Diabetes Camp, Camp Follow the Leader)
  • Wellness Education Programs for Children and Teens

Helping the Whole Person

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  • Fighting Addiction and Mental Health Disorders (Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition, Northwestern Community Services Board)
  • Supporting Safety Net Organizations

Previous Community Benefit Reports