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Community Benefit

Our mission at CHI Health calls us to improve the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.

Community Benefit

Hello Friends,

For more than 135 years, we have faithfully served our families, friends and neighbors across Nebraska, southwest Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota. We walk humbly in the footsteps of our founders, leading with heart and inspired by faith, as we provide care for all. It is our calling. It is our mission. Throughout this report, you will see our commitment to the communities we serve demonstrated through the care we provided to over 426,000 uninsured and underinsured individuals, but also through the community partnerships, programs and services we provide to meet the unique challenges facing our friends and neighbors from Williston, North Dakota, to Corning, Iowa.

A couple of quick highlights for you:

  • This report is our first as the four-state Midwest Division of CommonSpirit Health. We believe by expanding our footprint, we can strengthen the health care network to better serve your needs.
  • Not only are we caring for you when you’re sick, we are working to help you lead a healthier life by addressing some of the biggest community health needs. We partner with and invest in community-based initiatives to address safe housing, reduce violence, promote access to healthy food, and build career pathways so everyone can achieve economic prosperity and optimal health.
  • Our impact totaled $265 million in community benefit in FY22. That number includes $201 million in charity care as well as the unpaid costs of Medicaid. Providing the best care to everyone, regardless of their financial status, and taking care of the poor and the vulnerable is at the core of who we are.
  • We see health equity as a destination, and every day we progress in our journey to reduce health disparities by ensuring our workforce not only reflects, but also lifts up, everyone in our communities.

Day by day, we’ve gone through life together, and as we emerge from the pandemic, it is more important than ever to open new avenues of care to those who have put their health on a back burner. Drive-up clinic visits, telehealth, priority care that is billed as an office visit rather than urgent care, and extended hours are all ways we have adapted to better meet your needs. Beyond our walls, we partner with community leaders to prevent youth violence, build safe, affordable housing and ensure that everyone who needs care (of any kind) has access to it.

On behalf of every individual that is part of our health care family, it is our honor to serve with you, and care for you.

Non Excidet,

E.J. Kuiper
Chief Executive Officer
Midwest Division of CommonSpirit Health
CHI Health