Community benefits are programs and activities offered to the community in exchange for a not-for-profit hospital’s tax-exempt status. These programs should boost the health of the community served by the hospital, especially within its more vulnerable populations. Community benefits must do at least one of the following:
At the core of each community program should be the end goal of boosting the health of its community while increasing access to necessary services for those who need it most. Community benefits cover a range of programs from simple financial assistance for qualifying patients to funding for clinics for uninsured patients to the rehabilitation of housing for low-income populations. Community benefits are not programs offered for convenience, for profit, to fund raise, or to promote Piedmont’s services or physicians. These programs should never solely target insured patients, nor should they solely benefit the hospital’s employees.