Sioux City Hospitals Provide Over $40 million in Community Benefit
Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City provided $23.9 million in community benefit and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s another $17 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 2012 valued at nearly $1.6 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 nearly $3.8 million in charity care as well as $1 million in subsidized health or community services that, while necessary to Siouxland, generate thousands of dollars in losses each year.
Mercy reported $5 million in charity care in addition to $9.4 million in subsidized health and community services.
The two hospitals reported over $12.1 million in Medicaid losses or unreimbursed costs associated with treating Medicaid. Mercy saw $4.6 million in Medicaid costs in 2012, while St. Luke’s reported $7.6 million.
“UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s is focused on strengthening the quality of life and well-being in our community. Through community benefit, we are able to provide vital programs and services that benefit our overall health. St. Luke’s is privileged to call Sioux City home, and we remain steadfast in our mission to improve the lives of all Siouxlanders,” says Peter Thoreen, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.
“As a Health Care Ministry serving all of Siouxland within our 33 county service area, Mercy welcomes the opportunity to provide high quality health care as well as work with others in the communities we serve to improve the common good. Our Community Benefits programs are strategic and collaborative, with the goal of serving the Broader Community as well as the Poor or Underserved/Underinsured,” says Bob Peebles, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City.
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.
Dianne Krier, Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City, (712) 279-5682 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Heying, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s, (712) 279-3481 or email@example.com