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Community Benefits and Programs

The Community Benefits Department of St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospitals sponsors, develops, manages and sustains Healthy Community initiatives for the vulnerable populations of Humboldt County. Working in partnership with citizens, public and private agencies and organizations, we better focus our resources upon the most critical needs. Partnering with others enables us to better address these needs. The Community Benefits Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, reviews the activities of the department to assure the response to community need is appropriate.

The Community Benefit Committee oversees the Community Health Needs Assessment process every three years, using the information obtained in the assessment to set the goals and outcomes for the yearly Community Benefit Plan. The Plan is forwarded to the State of California as one tool to show our commitment as a non-profit organization to the community we serve.

FY15-17 Community Benefit Plan and Reports

FY14 Community Benefit Plan and Reports

Many of the community benefit activities and programs sponsored by SJH Humboldt County are housed in the Community Benefits Department. These include the Community Resource Centers (Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Eureka, Loleta and Willow Creek), Paso a Paso (Step by Step), Healthy Kids Humboldt, Care Transitions and the Evergreen Lodge.

Extending a Ministry of Hope

The mission of the Sisters has always been to respond to the needs of the community, serving in a variety of ways: educating the young, caring for the sick and poor, ministering to the dying, and advocating to ensure a just and fair society for all. Today, SJH is privileged to carry forth the healing ministry of the Sisters and to extend the concern that they have always shown for people living within their communities.

In addition to offering the finest quality healthcare, all SJH entities dedicate resources to improve the health and quality of life for the communities it serves, with special emphasis on the needs of the economically poor and underserved.

Each year St. Joseph Hospital allocates 10% of its net income (net realized gains and losses) to the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund. (See Figure 1). 7.5% of the contributions are used to support local hospital Care for the Poor programs. 1.75% is used to support SJH Community Partnership Fund grant initiatives. The remaining .75% is designated toward reserves, which helps ensure the Fund's ability to sustain programs into the future that assist low-income and underserved populations.

Furthermore, St. Joseph Hospital will endorse local non-profit organization partners to apply for funding through the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund. Local non-profits that receive funding provide specific services and resources to meet the identified needs of underserved communities throughout St. Joseph Health hospitals' service areas.

Despite financial challenges that continue to face rural hospitals today, the Sisters remain committed to their mission of continually improving the health and quality of life of the people in the communities they serve and to seeing it carried out in Humboldt County.