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Sioux City Hospitals Provide Over $31 Million in “Community Benefit”

Nov 25, 2014 12:32PM ● By MED Magazine

Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City provided $17.8 million in community benefit and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s another $13.2 million in community benefit in 20143 according to a recently completed assessment by Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).

The IHA report shows that Iowa hospitals provided community benefits, including such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, immunizations, nutritional services and transportation programs, valued at nearly $1.6 billion.

According to the IHA report, St. Luke’s reported nearly $4.8 million in charity care as well as $2.2 million in subsidized health and community services. Mercy reported $5.8 million in charity care in addition to $7.6 million in subsidized health and community services.

"Our mission of improving the quality of life of all we touch including the poor or the underserved and underinsured is as strong and focused than ever,” says Jim FitzPatrick, CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We are collaborative in our approach and strategic in order to make as big a positive impact as we possibility can."

“Through community benefit, we are able to provide vital programs and services that benefit our overall health,” says Lynn Wold, Interim President and COO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.