In carrying out its mission, Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) touches the lives of countless individuals through community outreach efforts aimed at improving the health of area residents, reducing health disparities, and increasing access to care. Serving the community and meeting the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations is what the Hospital has done for more than 50 years.
"We continually develop programs and form partnerships that help bridge the gap for individuals who have difficulty obtaining quality care," says Karen Baker, director of Community Services at NCH.
Today, NCH's broad-based community benefit program embraces charity care, outreach activities and community health initiatives including, but not limited to:
A Report to the Community
Each year, NCH reports its community benefit to the state of Illinois and now to the federal government. Did you know NCH committed $94 million to community benefit in 2010? To learn more, click here for the Community Services web page and access to the 2010 Community Benefit Report.
Tax-Exempt Status Vital to Illinois Hospitals
To continue the positive impact of community benefit, not-for-profit hospitals must maintain their tax-exempt status. State officials have been scrutinizing hospitals' levels of charitable giving and questioning the validity of their tax exemptions. NCH President & CEO Bruce Crowther shares his opinions in his September TribLocal column here.
How to Help Not-for-Profit Hospitals
Ask state legislators to support solutions that preserve the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit Illinois hospitals like NCH. Send an e-mail to state officials by visiting protectillinoishealthcare.org.