Community Benefits

Community Benefits

Each year, Maryland’s hospitals provide approximately hundreds of millions of dollars in community benefits, services that benefits go beyond traditional care provided in the emergency department, operating room, or in a hospital bed. Community benefits are planned and organized activities of not-for-profit hospitals to meet identified needs in their area. Community benefits include:

  • Health services for vulnerable or underserved people
  • Financial or in-kind support of public health programs, such as management of chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes
  • Donations of funds, property, or other resources that contribute to a community priority, such as obesity, substance abuse, or health care services for the homeless
  • Health care cost containment activities, like free health education programs that can help people manage their conditions without the need for more costly services
  • Health screening and prevention services


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