Community Benefit and Caring for the Uninsured

Meeting the health care needs of our communities is the cornerstone of Sutter Health's not-for-profit mission. This includes directly serving people who cannot afford to pay for health care and supporting health-related programs and services that help those in financial need.

In 2011, our network of physician organizations, hospitals and other health care providers invested $756 million in health care programs, services and benefits for the poor and underserved and broader community. This includes:

  • The cost of providing charity care
  • The unpaid costs of public programs treating Medi-Cal and indigent patients
  • Investments in medical research, health education and community-based public benefit programs, such as school-based clinics and prenatal care

Sutter Health now provides an average of $2.7 million in charity care per week. Traditional charity care covers health care services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay and who meet certain other criteria.

Community benefit financials