Published on August 18, 2014

Pella Regional -- More Than $7 Million in Community Benefit

PELLA, IA—Pella Regional Health Center provided more than $7 million in community benefits last year, according to a recently completed assessment by the Iowa Hospital Association. That amount, based on 2013 figures, includes more than $4.5 million in uncompensated care such as charity care, bad debt and unpaid costs of Medicaid.

Community benefits are programs and services that address identified community health needs, regardless of source or availability of payment, and provide measurable improvement in health care access, health status and the use of health care resources. Community benefits are those services that go beyond direct, mission-driven patient care activities.

Pella Regional’s community benefit activities were estimated to serve nearly 39,000 people in the region. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), these activities include services and programs such as health screenings, support groups, community education programs, community clinical services, health professions education and subsidies to health services.

The results for Pella Regional are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2013 valued at nearly $1.3 billion, and served 6.9 million people.