Providence St. Mary Medical Center provided free services, charity care and other contributions for those in need to the tune of $10.2 million in 2012.
The Walla Walla hospital’s contributions came through free and discounted care for the poor; subsidized services; unfunded portions of government-sponsored medical care; medical education and research; and free community programs and services, according to its recently released Community Benefit Report.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the numbers:
- $3.1 million: Free and discounted care for those unable to pay their medical bills.
- $6.3 million: Covered unfunded portions of government-sponsored medical care, including Medicaid. (Medicare is reportedly not included in the tally.)
- $324,080: Covered subsidized services, including clinical services the medical center offers but doesn’t bill to help patients.
- $260,152: Donations to the community, plus the cost of free classes, public education and support groups. This includes the free flu shot clinic the medical center held in cooperation with the Walla Walla County Health Department last fall, and automated defibrillators donated to the city for public buildings.
The full Community Benefit Report can be seen at ubne.ws/13fpX0u.