Sioux Center Health provides $3,817,005 in community benefits to Sioux County, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount, based on 2018 figures, includes $1,234,688 in uncompensated care and $156,692 in free or discounted community benefits that Sioux Center Health specifically implemented to help Sioux County residents.
Community benefits are activities to improve health status and increase access to health care. With uncompensated care and charity care, community benefits include such services and programs as health screenings, support groups, counseling, immunizations, nutrition services, and transportation programs.
The results for Sioux Center Health are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2018 valued at more than $945 million, including more than $253 million in charity care.
Cory Nelson, Sioux Center Health CEO, states, “We want to continue implementing strategies that increase value to our patients and communities by offering high-quality care, addressing the health needs for our communities, and employing process improvements. By us seeking ways to raise quality, reduce waste, and increase safety, we become a value leader in health care.”
The programs and services accounted for in the survey were implemented in direct response to the needs of communities, counties, and regions. Many of these programs and services would not exist without hospital support and leadership.