New Jersey’s hospitals and health systems provided $2.9 billion in community benefits in 2016 in addition to the $23.4 billion in jobs and other economic benefits they bring to state and local economies. It’s part of their commitment to good health and wellness, spanning community programs such as health improvement activities, education and training, research, in-kind donations and free and discounted care for the needy, senior citizens and the uninsured.

“Community Benefit” is defined uniformly across the nation’s hospitals as a planned, managed, organized and measured approach to a hospital or health system’s participation and contribution toward meeting identified community health needs. Criteria for programs to be called a community benefit include generating a low or negative margin, responding to the needs of New Jersey's diverse populations responding to public health needs and education or research that improves overall community health.

NJHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) works with hospitals and health systems to collect this data and highlight the value of these programs in an annual statewide report. Explore the report to learn more about how the healthcare community supports its neighbors.

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In 2016, N.J. hospitals and health systems served more than 29.2 million people and delivered $2.9 billion in community benefits, including:

  • $2.3 billion in free and discounted care
  • $58.9 million in community health improvement services
  • $225.3 million in health professions education
  • $320 million in other community health programs.