Last week, the WMHS Board of Directors approved our Community Benefits Report that was then submitted to the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC). Our total for FY’15 was $36,954,026. That amount is slightly more than FY’14 and consistent with previous years, with the exception of FY’13 when our charity care was at its highest at over $17 million. Subsequently, the eligibility for Medicaid has expanded over the last few years, reducing the amount of charity care that is now provided. Although charity care has been almost cut in half from FY’13, it is still the second highest community benefit activity at WMHS. Our highest activity is mission-driven health care services at over $22 million for the year.
As we continue our role as the safety net for the region, our community benefit activities provide a thorough breakdown of our individual contributions to the region. We have a great deal to be proud of as we strive to fulfil our mission of providing patient-centered care and improving the health and well-being of people in the communities we serve. The Community Benefits Report serves as a great indicator of that success.