Duke leads area hospitals in community benefit

May 21, 2014 – Data from the North Carolina Hospital Association show that Duke provided more than $256 million in community benefit in 2013.

Duke University Hospital provides more community benefit to the Triangle than any other area hospital, according to data released by the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA).

The NCHA tracks community benefit reports from hospitals throughout the state. Total community benefit includes more than simply charity or uncompensated care, which is health care provided by a hospital for which that the hospital never sees payment. The entire community benefit figure includes adjustment for losses from treating Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Duke provided $256 million in community benefit, according to the NCHA list. WakeMed was ranked second, with $234 million in community benefit, and UNC Hospitals was third with $161 million.