Across the county, almost 3,000 nonprofit hospitals — like Huntington Memorial Hospital — form the backbone of our nation’s health care system. The inherent mission of a nonprofit hospital is ensuring care and access for everyone, while always operating with the community’s best interest in mind.
Like all nonprofit hospitals, our ultimate focus at Huntington Hospital is on serving our community, not shareholders like at a for-profit hospital. Because of this commitment, hospitals like Huntington Hospital are not taxed and instead they make a pledge that every dollar is invested back into the community in ways that do the most good — often providing services that would otherwise be absent from the community. This investment is what we call our community benefit.
Being a nonprofit means that we never turn anybody away — regardless of their ability to pay.
This charity care is core to our mission and always has been. Even given healthcare reform’s best intentions, there are many uninsured or under-insured people and nonprofit hospitals will always be called upon to provide live-saving care and reduce the pain and suffering of those in need.
Another part of our community benefit takes the form of providing critically important services that are financially challenging, like serving as our region’s only trauma center, or providing geriatric psychiatric services, a pediatric intensive care unit, and a level III neo-natal intensive care unit. Our community benefit also includes specialized programs and services for specific populations, such as the Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network. If not for Huntington Hospital, these programs and services would be absent from our region.
True to our mission, Huntington Hospital annually provides countless free health clinics and educational programs for residents throughout the San Gabriel Valley. These include everything from flu clinics for children and adults to educational programs about obesity prevention, diabetes and asthma. Our community benefit also includes clinical education for nurses, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, dietitians and others — as well as our world-renowned Graduate Medical Education programs in internal medicine and surgery that train the next generation of physicians to serve our region.
Building on our legacy as a vital institution that has served the community for more than 120 years, each year we proudly report our community benefit to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The economic value of community benefits provided by Huntington Hospital in the form of vital health screenings, services and education averages $90 million annually. To learn more, please visit www.HealthyPasadena.org. The site was designed to help community members and policy makers learn about health-related issues and local resources so individuals can make informed, healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their families.
To review the 2014 Huntington Memorial Hospital Community Benefits Plan, please click HERE
For a copy of the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), please click HERE