St. Luke’s commitment to improve the health of the communities we serve was highlighted recently in community benefit reports for Ada, Twin Falls and Canyon counties for fiscal 2021.
The reports, available here, show the total benefit St. Luke’s provided, totaling $610.5 million, which also included donations, community programs and services and charity care.
In 2021, St. Luke’s was recognized as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems for an eighth consecutive year and continued to provide outstanding care, adding new services like the opening of St. Luke’s Clinic – COVID Recovery.
See more below from the reports highlighting the three largest counties we serve, which include approximately 15,000 employees and more than 16,000 volunteer hours in 2021.
St. Luke’s provided $33.6 million in unreimbursed services, including charity care and bad debt, at cost.
The cost of under-reimbursed services provided to patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, County Indigency and other programs was $248.3 million.
The total unreimbursed value of “community benefit” services and programs totaled $53 million, including education of health professionals, subsidized health services, cash and in-kind donations, community health improvement services, medical research and to the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.
A major effort was made to improving access to patient-centered care, including $95.7 million in total capital improvements. After expenses, St. Luke’s revenue is reinvested into both the community and the organization to support staff, buildings or new technology.
In Ada County, the total community benefit was $430.6 million.
The St. Luke’s facilities in Canyon County reported $30.2 million in under-reimbursed services and $7.2 million in unreimbursed services.
The unreimbursed value of “community benefit” services and programs totaled more than $2.6 million, including education of health professionals, subsidized health services, cash and in-kind donations, community health improvement services and medical research. The total community benefit in Canyon County was $58.6 million.
Capital improvements were $18.5 million in total: $3 million to the Nampa campus development, $13.4 million to the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute in Nampa (which opened its doors in summer 2021) and $2.1 million toward technology.
A key part of St. Luke’s community benefit efforts includes the organization’s Community Health Improvement Fund grants. The Mentoring Network, a nonprofit CHIF grant recipient in Nampa, matches adult volunteers to mentor kids in school settings.
“It is a humbling opportunity to invest in large and small nonprofits doing extraordinary work at the ground level,” said Theresa McLeod, St. Luke’s Community Health & Engagement administrator.
In 2021, the Magic Valley Health Foundation’s Children with Special Needs Fund surpassed its $1 million fundraising goal. Since 2006, it has provided therapy, counseling, specialized equipment and more to local children with physical and/or mental disabilities.
Twin Falls County reported $76.5 million in under-reimbursed services and $19.7 million in unreimbursed services.Capital improvements were $14.5 million in total, including technology and expansion, renovation and new equipment for our hospitals and clinics in the area. The total value of community benefit in Twin Falls County was $121.3 million.
Dave Southorn works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.