St. Luke’s provides more than $1.7 million in community benefitsPublished 9:29am Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Every day, we save lives. We prevent illness and restore health. We teach and empower.
“We” are the individuals, the professionals, the medical staff and volunteers who make up the heart and soul of St. Luke’s Hospital. Saving lives, restoring health and providing jobs are just the beginning of hospitals’ contributions to their community.
We also give back. In fiscal year 2012, St. Luke’s Hospital provided a value of $1,730,854 in community benefit, which includes charity care and unreimbursed costs, direct patient care services and community health improvement services.
St. Luke’s provided $416,181 in community care (care provided for free or at a substantial discount to those unable to pay) and $1,247,036 in bad debt for patients who are uninsured and underinsured who do not qualify for financial assistance.
In addition, St. Luke’s Hospital has contributed $67,637 for community health improvement services through cash, in-kind gifts and participation to support numerous community services, initiatives and events.
One of our fundamental values at St. Luke’s Hospital is our commitment to our community. As a not-for-profit hospital, we believe it is our duty and our obligation to support the health and well-being of all those we serve.
As a not-for-profit organization, we recognize our obligation and commitment to use our tax-exempt status for the good of the community that supports us. We maintain this commitment both collectively as an organization and individually in our personal contributions.
To help hospitals quantify benefits to their communities, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) have outlined how to attach a dollar amount on community benefits for each year.