How we reach out: to the tune of $269 million

University of Iowa Health Care provided $269,035,216 of value in community benefits to Iowa communities in FY16, according to the most recent annual assessment of community benefit program and services recently reported to the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).

What is community benefit?

Community benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs and meet at least one of these objectives:

  • Improve access to health care services
  • Enhance population health
  • Advance increased general knowledge
  • Relieve or reduce the burden of government to improve health

Total FY16 community benefits value = $269,035,216

660,000 persons served through community benefit programs and activities

A group of students who volunteered for 2016 RAGBRAI, an example of community health improvement services

Here’s a breakdown, with the value (in dollars) of the services or activities provided:

Community health improvement services = $4,029,630

These activities are to improve community health, extend beyond patient care activities, and are usually subsidized by the health care organization. Such services do not generate patient care bills although they may involve a nominal fee.

Example: The UI Mobile Emergency Simulation Lab travels every year along the RAGBRAI route to help provide first aid and other medical services to bike riders along the route.

Health professions education = $5,281,164

Music therapist Katey Kooi and intern Becca Kurtz

Music therapist Katey Kooi, left, works with intern Becca Kurtz, in an example of health professions education

This includes educational programs for physicians, interns, and residents; medical students; nurses and nursing students; pastoral care trainees; and other health professionals.

Examples: Read how UI Health Care is helping to train some of the nurses and music therapists of tomorrow.

Subsidized health services = $75,026

Subsidized health services are clinical programs that are provided despite a significant financial loss. Nevertheless, the service is provided because it meets an identified community need and if no longer offered, it would either be unavailable in the area or fall to the responsibility of government or another not-for-profit organization to provide.

Research = $48,836,151

Research includes clinical and community health research, as well as studies on health care delivery that are generalizable, shared with the public, and funded by the government or a tax-exempt entity (including the organization itself).

Financial and in-kind contributions = $234,181

This includes funds and in-kind services donated to community organizations or to the community at large for a community benefit purpose. In-kind services include hours contributed by staff to the community while on health care organization work time, the cost of meeting space provided to community groups, and the donations of food, equipment, and supplies.

Example: Read how one UI Health Care physician donates her time to the Healthy Kids school-based clinic, a free medical clinic organized by the Iowa City Community School District and various partners.

Community building activities = $196,811

Hunger is Not a Game food packaging event with UI Health Care Marketing and Communications staff

These improve the community’s health and safety by addressing the root causes of health problems, such as poverty, homelessness, and environmental hazards.

Example: UI Health Care employees volunteered during work time for the Hunger is Not a Game food packaging event, organized by the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

Community benefit operations = $45,897

Community benefit operations include costs associated with assigned staff and community health needs and/or assets assessment, as well as other costs associated with community benefit strategy and operations.

Financial assistance = $13,873,824

Financial assistance is free or discounted health services provided to persons who cannot afford to pay and who meet the eligibility to qualify for financial assistance. Financial assistance is reported in terms of costs, not charges.

Government-sponsored health care = $51,849,282

Government-sponsored (Medicaid) means tested health care community benefit includes unpaid costs of public programs for low-income persons—the shortfall created when a facility receives payments that are less than the cost of caring for public program beneficiaries.

Unpaid Cost of Medicare = $144,613,250

Care for the elderly not reimbursed by Medicare

Community BenefitReach out. Report. Repeat.

Learn more about what qualifies as community benefit, and report your department’s impact by contacting the community benefit team at 335-8886,, or by visiting the Community Benefit SharePoint site.