A passion for helping others is the foundation of everything we do at Cedars-Sinai – and extends from the care we provide at our Medical Center to the Los Angeles neighborhoods we serve through a broad spectrum of Community Benefit activities. This commitment to improving our community's health has been a crucial part of our mission since our beginning more than a century ago.
In 2014, Cedars-Sinai's financial contribution to Community Benefit totaled $732.7 million. This includes traditional charity care for the uninsured and those with limited means; the unreimbursed cost of caring for Medi-Cal and Medicare patients; medical research; education of health professionals; and hundreds of community service programs at the Medical Center and in local schools, homeless shelters and community centers.
Among the most significant ways we support the community are:
- Providing access to essential healthcare for those in greatest need. As a not-for-profit hospital, Cedars-Sinai provides free and part-pay hospital care for the uninsured and those with limited means. In addition to this traditional charity care, Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest providers of Medi-Cal services among non-government hospitals in California. Medi-Cal and Medicare payments from government are significantly less than the actual cost of caring for these patients, yet we do so as part of our longstanding commitment to community and to patients. In 2013, Cedars-Sinai provided $70.4 million to pay for the unfunded cost of caring for Medi-Cal patients, as well as $42 million in traditional charity care for indigent patients who did not have Medi-Cal or Medicare. In addition, as the hospital serving the largest number of Medicare patients in California we provided $368.4 million for the unfunded cost of care for Medicare patients.
- Empowering communities to become healthier. Through a wide range of programs and services, we promote prevention and early detection of health problems and help people of all ages get the care they need. We work closely with schools, community centers, homeless shelters, places of worship, senior centers, local government and others with first-hand knowledge of community needs, providing support in ways that expand their capabilities and maximize the impact of our joint efforts.
- Expanding medical knowledge as an international leader in biomedical research. Through innovative research, we create new approaches to healing that lead to earlier diagnoses, more effective treatments and better outcomes for patients worldwide.
- Educating the next generation of physicians, nurses and others. With the U.S. facing a critical shortage of healthcare professionals, Cedars-Sinai's role as a not-for-profit academic medical center that trains those who represent the future of medicine is more important than ever.