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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 Needs Assessment process, 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.

The department collects the Community Benefit Inventory for Social Accountability to include the data in the yearly report to the State. There are educational forums held for managers to learn and be responsive to the collection of this important data.

Reports:

Many of the community benefit activities and programs sponsored by the SJHS Humboldt County report to the Community Benefits Department. These include the Community Resource Centers (Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Eureka, Loleta and Willow Creek), Kris Kelly Health Information Center, 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, SJHS 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 SJHS entities are committed to re-investing 10 percent of their net income back into the community. In Humboldt County, these funds are distributed through the hospitals Community Needs Network (CNN), a sub-committee of the hospitals' Community Benefits Committee, chaired by a SJHS-HC Board of Trustees member and comprised of hospital and community leaders. 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.