Community Benefit

FAQ: What Exactly is Community Benefit?

School nurse programs. Free hospital care for the poor. Early cancer detection screening programs. Food pantries. What do these things all have in common? Each of these programs are funded thanks to community benefit funding provided by Oregon community hospitals.
You may have heard the term “community benefit” used when discussing certain programs provided by Oregon hospitals. What does this mean? Community benefit refers to health care-related services that Oregon’s nonprofit hospitals provide – with little or no compensation – to address critical health needs in the community.
Providing quality health care doesn’t end when a patient leaves the hospital. Much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office – in our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Each day, Oregon’s community hospitals voluntarily provide programs and services beyond caring for the sick and injured. These free programs help strengthen and improve quality of life for residents along with managing the unique health needs found within each Oregon community.
Community benefit helps bring hundreds of valuable programs, screenings and medical personnel to communities across the state of Oregon. Learn more about some of these great programs on our Community Impact page.