All hospitals provide community benefits.
Missouri hospitals’ many community-focused health improvement activities and provisions of charity care are designed to keep Missourians active, healthy and productive. At the same time, hospitals’ investments in infrastructure and the latest technology strengthen the economic core of the communities they serve. The benefits of these everyday efforts constitute a hospital’s community investment.
2022 Community Investment Report
Throughout the state, hospitals work to improve health — at both the individual and community levels.
Hospitals’ many community-focused health improvement activities are designed to keep Missourians active, healthy and productive. At the same time, hospitals’ investments in infrastructure and the latest technology strengthen the economic core of the communities they serve.
The benefits of these everyday efforts constitute a hospital’s community investment. This report is designed to help Missourians understand how their local hospital — and hospitals throughout the state — contributes to a stronger, healthier community.
Hospitals Improving Health and Well-Being
Mercy Hospital Aurora
Generational poverty is high throughout the Ozarks. In Lawrence County, Mo., nearly one in seven residents live in poverty — higher than the Missouri and national average. Partnering with Rise Up, a local nonprofit, Mercy Hospital Aurora purchased curriculum for financial and life skills training to reduce economic disparities. Watch the video.
As an anchor institution in St. Louis City, BJC HealthCare works with existing local partners, leveraging resources to build community infrastructure, expand opportunities to launch small businesses and shrink the disparities that lead to poor health. Watch the video.
North Kansas City Hospital
Substance use disorder, fentanyl use and overdose deaths were identified in the regional CHNA as the second highest priority health issue in Kansas City’s Northland. North Kansas City Hospital, a Narcan distribution hub, partnered with local institutions — including schools — to educate the community about the danger of fentanyl, share the importance of having Narcan accessible to reverse overdose, and provide a supply to community institutions and individuals where an intervention could save a life. Watch the video.
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Focus on Hospitals
The Focus on Hospitals website provides consumers with information about local hospitals. The site allows users to view data on hospitals’ community investment and the care provided by hospitals. It also provides resources on preventable hospitalizations and making informed health decisions.