KNOXVILLE, IA – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics provided $3.5 million in community benefits last year, according to a recently completed assessment by the Iowa Hospital Association. That amount, based on 2016 figures, includes nearly $2.4 million in uncompensated care such as charity care, bad debt and unpaid costs of Medicaid.

Community benefits are programs and services that address identified community health needs, regardless of source or availability of payment, and provide measurable improvement in health care access, health status and the use of health care resources.

“This report demonstrates the accountability that Iowa hospitals have to their communities. At Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, we take our responsibility of supporting the health and wellness of members of our community very seriously,” said Kevin Kincaid, Chief Executive Officer at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. “The health care industry is certainly not immune to the economic decline, but our obligation to care for those in need is foremost important. Not losing sight of the importance of fundamental health care needs remains evermore important as we continue to tackle the challenges and help improve the lives of individuals, families and the whole community.”

The results for KHC are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association that shows Iowa hospitals provided community benefits in 2016 valued at more than $855 million, including more than $198 million in charity care. All 118 of Iowa’s community hospitals participated in the survey.

In addition to the $3.5 million in community benefit, KHC also generates 320 jobs that add $19.3 million to Knoxville’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association.  In addition, employees earn $13.8 million in salaries, contribute $4.2 million in retail sales and $250,000 in state sales tax revenue.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is a full-service healthcare organization dedicated to delivering exceptional, patient-centered services from its locations in Knoxville, Melcher-Dallas, Red Rock Healthcare-Pella, and Pleasantville. Learn more about their services, medical professionals and advanced technologies at www.knoxvillehospital.org. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.