Community Benefit

The 11 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 Service (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 2017, Piedmont's hospitals provided an estimated $110 million in community benefits. Specifically, we provided:
  • $71.3 million in care for low-income patients
  • $6 million in losses incurred from Medicaid
  • $18.5 million loss incurred from other government programs that subsidize care for low-income patients
  • $14.3 million in other community benefits, including our community benefit grants program and health professions education.

*Please note these estimations do not include financial information for Piedmont Rockdale or Piedmont Walton.

Because our hospitals are nonprofits, 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 Rockdale and Piedmont Walton were for-profit entities in FY17 and were not required to file a Schedule H.

2017 Community Benefit Annual Reports

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.