What is Community Benefit?
Throughout our long history, Woodland Healthcare have evolved - but our mission remains unchanged. In collaboration with others, Dignity Health and Woodland Healthcare work to promote healthy communities, especially for the poor. We respect and embrace this responsibility and welcome you to join us in our outreach programs.
Each year, Dignity Health supports more than 70 different programs that offer medical care and other benefits for vulnerable populations and the broader community - ranging from clinic services for low-income families, to AIDS support, to asthma and wellness programs, among others. In 2011, Dignity Health provided $1.3 billion in community benefit and free care for the poor (including traditional charity care and unreimbursed costs of public insurance programs).
In addition, every three years, Dignity Health, along with the other health systems in Sacramento, collaborate on a Community Health Needs Assessment for the Greater Sacramento Region. The assessment captures a picture of the region's diverse population and its health needs along with the experiences of consumers and their challenges in accessing healthcare.
It offers a broad overview of regional health trends and identifies opportunities to address critical needs through community benefit activities.