Pella Regional – Nearly $4.4 Million in Community Benefit
PELLA, IA—Pella Regional Health Center provided nearly $4.4 million in community benefits last year, according to a recently completed assessment by the Iowa Hospital Association. That amount, based on 2016 figures, includes nearly $3.5 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 30,000 people in the region. Community benefits are activities designed to improve health status and increase access to health care. Along with uncompensated care (which includes both charity care and bad debt), community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings and support groups.
The results for Pella Regional are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2016 valued at more than $855 million, including more than $198 million in charity care. All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.