New Statewide Summary: Hospitals Contribute $6.4 Billion in Net Community Benefit

Ohio nonprofit hospitals in 2017 invested $6.4 billion in net community benefit and provided nearly $9 billion in total uncompensated care, an increase of 22% over the previous year, according to a new statewide summary published this in December by the Ohio Hospital Association. Several examples of hospital community outreach services are included in the report.

Hospitals increased investment in community benefit activities designed to address needs identified through community health needs assessments by 33% to $4 billion in 2017. Hospitals increased charity care by 5% to $482 million in 2017.

Beyond the health care provided, OHA’s report shows Ohio hospitals were the catalyst for $31.4 billion in economic activity for Ohio in 2017, employing a quarter million Ohioans and paying $18.1 billion in direct wages.

OHA is building an online collection of member hospital community benefit activity stories and a library of members’ community benefit reports. Member hospitals are encouraged to share yours by contacting OHA’s John Palmer or Robin Hepler.