Community Benefit – Connecting Children to Quality Care
Children’s Mercy has received outstanding support from the community since our earliest days and we have given back to the community in a number of ways. Since 2010, we have documented the community benefit we provide to children and families. A community benefit meets at least one of the following objectives:
- Improves access to health care services
- Enhances health of the community
- Advances medical or health care knowledge
- Relieves/reduces the burden of government/other community efforts
Helping the Community
Since our founding in 1897, Children’s Mercy has provided state-of-the-art, quality health care for every child in our region who needs us, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. And in 2013, over $135 million was provided in Charity Care, Unreimbursed Medicaid/Other Government Programs and Subsidized Health Services. Our community benefit activities also include health professional education, research to advance children's health care and outcomes, and work with community partners.
To better understand current health needs in our community, Children's Mercy conducts a comprehensive needs assessment every three years. The findings inform the direction of the CMH community health work and help to ensure that the hospital is using resources and community partnerships in the most effective way.
Children’s Mercy is committed to improving the health status of children and families and commits valuable resources to accomplish this. In 2013, we contributed approximately 20 percent of our operating budget toward community benefit programs totaling $176,129,848 that supported over 645,885 individuals.