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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 2020 Valley Health Community Benefit Report.

By the Numbers

In 2019, Valley Health’s comprehensive community contribution exceeded $151.5 million, including care and services classified as Community Benefit, Medicare reimbursement shortfall and bad debt expense. We provided $72.8 million in Community Benefit in 2019 that the Internal Revenue Service recognizes as directly supporting our tax exempt status.

If Valley Health was a taxable organization, its potential income tax liability would have been $195+ million over the past five years (2015-2019). The Community Benefit supplied by Valley Health was $314+ million during that same period. This amounts to $119 million more invested regionally in direct support for local residents and community organizations than the potential tax liability that would have been paid to the federal government.

Behind the Numbers

ADVOCATING FOR ACCESS

Across our service area Valley Health offers free health screenings and also partners with community organizations to promote access to care. Examples include:

  • Health screenings for skin cancer, diabetic retinopathy, blood glucose, carotid artery blockage, etc.
  • Pregnancy and birth open houses
  • Online classes for expectant moms
  • Ongoing support of Healthy Families of the Northern Shenandoah Valley

Promoting Health Habits

Valley Health offers numerous programs promoting health and wellness. Examples include:

  • Diabetes Management and Prevention

  • Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Healthy Eating

  • School-based exercise and wellness programs

Fighting Mental Illness, Addiction and More

Valley Health collaborates with free clinics, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and nonprofit partner to address critical needs. Examples include:

  • Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
  • Concern Hotline (suicide and crisis intervention)
  • The Laurel Center (domestic violence)

Corporate Citizenship: Stewardship of Human and Natural Resources

At Valley Health we value the humanity and worth of each person who comes to us for care and treatment, and our policies and practices:

  • Reinforce the value of inclusion
  • Honor the diversity of our workforce and patients
  • Prohibit discrimination

Valley Health continues to implement programs to be a good steward of our environment. Examples include:

  • Use of solar energy
  • LEED-certified buildings
  • Low-flow plumbing
  • Landscape buffers
  • Recycling programs

Previous Community Benefit Reports