Community Benefit Report
Non-profit hospitals such as Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center are cornerstones of their communities, working each day to ensure the health and wellness of residents and visitors.
The annual Community Benefits Report attempts to quantify the various activities and efforts of our hospitals and their dedicated teams that benefit the community through education, support groups, health screening, donations and other projects.
This is the third year Northern Arizona Healthcare has used a web-based program called Community Benefit Tracker from the Michigan Hospital Association to measure our community benefit. The program is based on guidelines from the American Hospital Association and Catholic Health Association of the United States that were developed to standardize the way hospitals track community benefits.
In FY 2011, NAH provided $5.58 million in community benefits to its communities. This compares with $2.78 million provided in FY 2010. The Marketing and Public Relations Department follows the standard definition for community benefit as defined by the Community Benefits Tracking system when making decisions about what activities to include in the report. The definition identifies community benefit as “programs and services which provide treatment or promote health and healing. A true community benefit is provided primarily to address a community need, not for marketing purposes.” Per the Community Benefits Tracker program, activities which serve the following needs and meet guidelines for community benefit are captured and included in the report:
- Community Health Education: General, Self Help, Support Groups
- Community-Based Clinical Services: Health Screenings, Immunizations, Reduced-fee clinics
- Healthcare Support Services: Counseling, Family Support, Free or Discounted Prescriptions/ Supplies, In-home Services, Meals/Nutrition, Transportation
- Health Professions Education
- Financial Donations: Cash, Grants, In-Kind, Cost of Fund Raising
- Community Building Activities
To better explain the scope of the efforts beyond the total financial impact, the Community Benefit Report includes a series of narratives that bring to life the projects listed. From providing nursing education in our communities and saving lives through injury prevention to screening local residents for cancer and teaching first graders about healthcare, FMC and VVMC truly are providing a community benefit.
Click here to view the narratives from the 2011 Community Benefit Report.