2022 Community Benefit Report*

N.J. Hospitals Always There ...for Patients and Community

*2020 data


N.J. hospitals’ total contributions to their communities’ well-being, beyond direct healthcare services

$2 billion
Free and discounted patient care
$43 million
Community health improvement services
$224 million
Health professions education
$1 billion
Other community benefit programs

A hospital’s commitment to its community extends far beyond medical care and jobs (although both are certainly substantial.) The blue H in your town or city symbolizes access, stability, a center for wellness and healing and a community anchor always there to support and protect patients and residents.

This commitment is demonstrated in numerous ways: free and discounted healthcare services to the poor, aging and uninsured; health improvement programs like immunization clinics and screenings; partnerships with schools, faith-based groups and other community institutions; education and training for the next generation of physicians and nurses; and in the unprecedented and unrelenting response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

By the formal definitions of “community benefit” reporting, N.J. hospitals provided nearly $3.5 billion in community benefit services in 2020, but that accounting doesn’t do justice to the contributions of New Jersey hospitals since COVID-19 first arrived in the state in March 2020. From the 100,000+ COVID patients successfully treated to the millions of New Jersey residents tested and vaccinated, hospitals’ work to save lives is beyond measure.

Community Benefit in Action

View our photo gallery of hospital program to support healthy communities.

The AtlantiCare team joins a local health fair to promote health and wellness.
At Atlantic Health, training for the healthcare workforce is a key component of community benefit.
The Bergen New Bridge Medical Center vaccine team takes its services on the road.
N.J. hospitals employ 34,000 nurses, including these caregivers at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Capital Health hosts First Lady Tammy Murphy at an insurance enrollment event.
CentraState Healthcare Systems opens its doors to vaccinate community members.
CentraState Medical Center joins in a salute to local veterans.
Community Medical Center donates 140 tons of food to local food pantries.
Cooper Health supports a health fair at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in Camden.
Cooper University Health Care helps protect its community with the 10,000th COVID vaccine delivered at this local vaccination site.
The Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Thanksgiving food drive feeds scores of local families.
Hackensack Meridian Health researchers contribute to innovations to keep New Jersey healthy
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine trains the next generation of physicians.
1.	At Hunterdon Healthcare, community members received free COVID shots and preparedness packs that included masks and hand sanitizer.
Superheroes stand ready to serve patients at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health.
Inspira Health’s Tatyana Nayda coordinates the health system’s medical donations to Ukraine.
Inspira Health nurses are part of the unprecedented response to keep New Jerseyans safe during the pandemic.
Monmouth Medical Center celebrates the opening of a new community health center in Lakewood.
Monmouth Medical Center, part of RWJBarnabas Health, supports resiliency efforts for local police officers.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center provides blood pressure screenings at a local health fair.
Healthy foods and nutrition education are delivered by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health.
Penn Medicine’s Princeton House collects food donations for local pantries.
RWJ University Hospital Rahway provides learning supplies for local students.
RWJ University Hospital Somerset provides resources to help older adults stay healthy and safe.
Healthcare teams at the St. Peter’s University Hospital vaccinate local youths against COVID-19.
Salem Medical Center’s backpack drive prepares local students for classroom success.
St. Francis Medical Center hosts a blood drive as the pandemic led to blood shortages.
The University Hospital team supports breast health and awareness in its community.
University Hospital’s outreach to the Hispanic community is just one of many efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.
Valley Health joins community efforts for inclusion and health equity.
Virtua Health’s pop-up farmers market brings fresh produce to food deserts.
Virtua Health’s mobile farmers market brings fresh produce to local communities.