Catholic Health System provided more than $82 million in charity care and community benefit in 2014, according to an annual report released Thursday by the region’s second-largest hospital system.
In its 2014-15 report to the community, found at chsannualreport.org, Catholic Health highlighted its efforts to make medical treatment more accessible and affordable and to focus on preventative care for its patients. The document also includes information on quality ratings and financial data.
Catholic Health earned $42.8 million in operating income on $953.6 million in revenues last year. The $82.1 million in charity care and community benefit largely includes patient care for which the hospital system is uncompensated or undercompensated.
The 160-year Catholic Health System operates Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus, and also provides home- and community-based services.
The release of the annual report comes two weeks after one of the system’s largest unions, the Communications Workers of America, commissioned a study purporting to show that Catholic Health doesn’t invest enough of its profits in its workers or in programs that benefit the community.