Virginia Hospitals Provided More Than $2.8 billion in Community Benefit for 2014

Each year, VHHA conducts a community benefit survey highlighting the significant contributions that Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems make to their communities that extend well beyond the essential health services they provide. This includes the free care they provide to the uninsured, and many other programs they financially support which help improve the health and quality of life of people in the communities local hospitals serve. Based on the latest figures, the graph below categorically illustrates the total community benefit for 2014. Charity Care and Medicare Shortfall were the two largest categories, accounting for more than 40 percent of the total. VHHA has a new interactive tool online that can be explored by those interested in learning more about community benefits provided by hospitals. The tool enables users to explore trends and defintions simply by hovering your computer’s cursor over the various pieces of information it shares. The data can also be examined in different forms using the viewing options available to users. (2/12)