TMC reports nearly $64 million in 2017 community benefit

TMC recorded $63.6 million of community benefit costs, or 11.9 percent of net revenues of $534 million in 2017, according to the annual Report to Our Community out this month. This percentage is well over the 5 percent average expected for a nonprofit hospital to maintain tax-exempt status. In 2016, TMC reported a community benefit of $58 million, or 11.5 percent of net revenue.

Community benefit covers a full range of services and activities that nonprofit hospitals undertake to improve health in the communities they serve. Community benefit includes providing care for the poor (charity care) but also can be thought of in larger terms to include the promotion of health. In 2017, TMC reported $10.3 million in charity care and bad debt, or about 16 percent of total community benefit, up from $8.4 million, or 14 percent, in 2016.

“As a nonprofit community hospital, Tucson Medical Center proudly supports programs that strengthen the region by building health and connections,” said Julia Strange, vice president of TMC Community Benefit.

Other components of community benefit included $36 million for unpaid costs for AHCCCS/Medicaid patients, or 57 percent of total community benefit, this percentage was unchanged from 2016 where $33 million was spent on these unpaid costs. TMC paid a statewide hospital assessment of $11.0 million, or 19 percent of community benefit, which was about the same for 2016.

Community outreach accounted for $5.4 million, or 8 percent of community benefit in 2017, down from $5.6 million, or 10 percent, in 2016. In addition, TMC’s community outreach directly served more than 167,000 people throughout the region at 1,298 events, including wellness talks, community runs, kids’ safety events, a symposium for cancer survivors, physician education on the opioid epidemic, support of the city’s short-term bike rental service, sponsorship of health literacy through the Festival of Books and more!

The report includes features on how TMC carried out many of its community benefit activities. In addition, the report includes On Center, the annual report of the TMC Foundation, sharing about its charitable mission to raise funds in support of the hospital and community. Click to read the full report.

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