Community Benefit

The seven hospitals of Piedmont Healthcare belong to the communities we serve. Our Promise is to make a positive difference in every life we touch and this mission is evidenced within our community benefit programs. Piedmont doesn't want to just make people healthier; we want to keep people healthy.

As a designated nonprofit hospital system, Piedmont Healthcare is required by the Internal Revenue System (IRS) to give back to the community in the form of community benefits. Community benefits are programs or activities that provide treatment and/or promote health and healing as a response to identified community needs. They increase access to health care and improve community health, with a focus on vulnerable populations.

To learn more about specific community benefit programs and services at each hospital, check out Piedmont’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategies

In Fiscal Year 2015, Piedmont's hospitals provided an estimated $89.1 million in community benefits, including:

Piedmont Healthcare Hospitals’ Estimated Community Benefit Spend in FY15:

  • Charity care: $28,024,868
  • Subsidized care for government programs: $21,319,928
  • Bad debt: $46,614,768
  • Losses incurred through Medicaid and the provider fee: $29,844,785
  • Other community benefit programs: $10,043,943
  • Total: $135,848,290

*These estimations do not include financial information for Piedmont Newton or Piedmont Athens at this time.

Because we are a nonprofit hospital, we are required by law to file annually IRS Form 990 in which we report our community benefit activities within a part of that form titled Schedule H.

Piedmont offers financial assistance to lower-income patients, as well as catastrophic assistance to those with hospital bills they can’t afford. Visit our financial assistance page for more information.