June 17, 2014

Mercy Medical Center provides $23.9 million in total community benefit in 2013

Mercy Medical Center provided nearly $23.9 million in total community benefit in 2013, according to its recently released 2013/2014 report to the community

Community benefit at Mercy includes costs for assisting patients who are unable to fully pay for their care; community outreach services; contributions to support community partners and other non-profit organizations; and covering the gap between the expense of providing care to Medicaid patients and the reimbursement received.

The community benefit figure includes:

  • $8,385,272 in charity care at cost
  • $11,563,434 in unpaid Medicaid expenses (the difference between the cost of Medicaid patient care and the amount Medicaid pays)
  • $267,342 in community health improvement services
  • $3,331,677 in health care professional education
  • $273,204 in financial and in-kind contributions
  • $41,431 in community building activities and benefit operations

Community benefit does not include Mercy's nearly $17 million in "bad debt" (unreimbursed charges) resulting from patients who don't pay their medical bills.

By providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care, giving is at the core of Mercy’s mission. Mercy’s care is not only for those who come to its facilities, but also for those who are beyond the walls of its medical facilities, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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