As a not-for-profit, public-benefit corporation, Community Medical Centers gives back to the people it serves. We publically report how we use funds left after operating expenses to benefit our community. These ‘community benefits’ are an important measurement of our investment in the Central San Joaquin Valley’s health.
Providing uncompensated services, outreach and education that benefit our region’s families has been a part of our mission for more than a century. We’ve historically spent more on uncompensated community benefits than all other Fresno-area hospitals combined – and in some years, nearly double the combined total of all other area hospitals.
Since 1996, we’ve provided nearly $2 billion in community benefits on vital services such as education for physicians and other medical professions, as part of our longstanding partnership with the University of California, San Francisco, our interpreter and perinatal education programs and the unpaid costs of public programs for the medically underserved such as Medi-Cal and uninsured patients and charity care.
Health Needs Assessment
One of the ways we decide how to invest community benefits funds is through a health needs assessment. This is undertaken every three years in collaboration with the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and a dozen other Valley health providers.
The Community Health Needs Assessment
report looks at challenges and barriers to good health in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties.
Health Needs Implementation Plan
Community Medical Center’s consolidated implementation plan addressing the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment findings can be found here
. This plan, required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, outlines how our hospitals are responding to the region’s identified health issues.