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Ohio Hospitals Community Benefit

Ohio hospitals are cornerstones of the communities they serve by advancing wellness and driving economic growth. 

Healing Ohio Communities, published fall 2016 by OHA, is the first statewide summary of Ohio hospitals' community benefit reports post-Medicaid expansion. The report is based on fiscal year 2014 figures.

The report highlights the value of Ohio hospitals' community benefit activities, the economic impact of the industry and describes how the role of hospitals in community health is expanding.  

>>>Download the OHA Report, Healing Ohio Communities

Ohio hospitals invested more than $2.16 billion in community benefit activities to improve the health of the local citizens, neighborhoods and communities they serve in 2014, up from $1.54 billion prior to the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. 

Clinical/community research

Free/discounted prescriptions

Health profession education

Immunization clinics

Community health education

Health screenings

Meals and nutrition services

Family support services




Ohio hospitals generate more than $27.88 billion annually in economic impact, supporting 250,000 direct jobs and $16.6 billion in direct wages.


All hospitals conduct and publish community health needs assessments every three years. Hospitals collaborate with public health agencies, local nonprofit providers and public officials to conduct assessments. 

To illustrate the important impact Ohio hospitals’ community benefit and health outreach activities have in our state, OHA has compiled an online story bank of patient success stories similar to Roger's story below:

From Homeless to Healthy, to Work

Each year, the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach and Street Medicine team encounters and supports more than 800 homeless individuals—Roger Monk being one of them. 

Dr. Jack O'Handley, Medical Director of Mount Carmel Outreach, first encountered Roger at a homeless camp in Columbus. And since that first meeting, Roger's life has changed significantly with the help of the Mount Carmel Street Medicine and Outreach team, and even more so, from Medicaid expansion.

Removal of barriers by Medicaid, such as access to medication and care, has truly served to improve Roger's quality of life and very possibly has saved his life in the past three years. Today, Roger has housing, a job and most importantly, improved health and well-being.

The collection features stories of individuals throughout the state who have benefited from the extension of coverage through Medicaid expansion or from their local hospitals’ community benefit and population health outreach programs. See more >>> 

To read the community benefit reports of individual hospitals, click here.
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