The vision of Intermountain’s Community Benefit Department is to improve healthcare for low-income families and individuals in the community. Staff members work with community non-profit agencies, government entities, and healthcare providers to help find ways to improve the delivery of healthcare received by uninsured, low-income patients. Partnerships, school and community clinics, collaboration, donations, gift to community reporting and initiatives all make up the Community Benefit Department’s wide array of projects and initiatives.
Community benefit programs are run by not-for-profit healthcare organizations to help meet the unmet healthcare needs of their communities. They vary in size and scope depending on the location of the healthcare organization. As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Intermountain reports annually its benefit to the community, or how it gives back to the community, to the county where an Intermountain facility is located throughout the state of Utah and southern Idaho. Intermountain Healthcare’s Community Benefit Department helps in this reporting to the community and also in working to improve healthcare for low-income families and individuals. This improvement can be in the area of access, delivery, funding or the establishment of clinics.