Foundation Issues Statewide Community Benefits Report (1/4/13)

NEWS RELEASE
Attention Business Editors

Contact: John Clayton
VP, Communications
603-415-4255

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2013


CONCORD – The Foundation for Healthy Communities recently released the New Hampshire Community Needs & Community Benefits Report entitled "Hospitals Take the Lead."

The report summarizes the most recent community health needs assessment information reported by hospitals in New Hampshire to the Attorney General's Division of Charitable Trusts, and community benefits information reported to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS 990, Schedule H).

The Foundation has gathered this community information to provide a statewide overview of the individual hospital community reports. In addition, as the health care system shifts toward a framework of addressing population health, the process of community needs assessments and community benefit plans creates an opportunity to better align resources to support a healthier community.

"This important report confirms the critical role that New Hampshire's 24 non-profit hospitals play in supporting patients and their communities," said New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen, "but it's equally important to note that all hospitals in the state share in this commitment to support these community-based charitable endeavors."

New Hampshire's 24 non-profit community hospitals provided over $400 million in total reported community benefits according to their most recent IRS 990 Schedule H reports. Financial assistance for access to health care accounted for $263.3 million of the total community benefits with another $141.6 million provided in other community benefits, such as dental clinics or mobile medical vans, health professions scholarships, cash grants to health centers and other community agencies.

To view the document, visit the Foundation for Healthy Communities' new website at: http://nhfhc.accountsupport.com/images/PDFfiles/CommunityBenefits/2012%20Comm%20Ben%20Report%20121912.pdf

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation's partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other organizations. Learn more at www.healthyNH.com

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