As a not-for-profit, independent district hospital, Marin General Hospital is fully committed to serving the health care needs of the surrounding community. In addition to being the county’s only full-service acute care facility, we give extensive charitable resources to benefit the community through access to care, education, prevention and support programs, and more. 

2017 Community Benefit

Community benefit services promote health and healing and focus on addressing the identified unmet health needs of the community. For a program or service to be considered a community benefit it must: improve access to healthcare; or enhance the health of the community; or advance medical or healthcare knowledge; or reduce the burden of government or other nonprofit community efforts. In FY2017 (January – December), Marin General Hospital provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area that reached over 20,000 persons.

Marin General Hospital’s primary community benefit goal is access to healthcare. Marin General Hospital absorbs more than $2 million in charity care costs where no reimbursement is received and more than $29 million in Medi-Cal and other programmatic shortfall, which is the difference between what Marin General Hospital is reimbursed for care to beneficiaries and the actual cost of providing that care. During calendar year 2017, Marin General Hospital made more than $51.3 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $50.5 million (98%) of the total community benefit contribution helped to improve access to care and provide direct patient care to our community. The remainder was allocated for community building, community benefit operations, health professions education and other health improvement services. 

As part of our commitment to increase access to care in the community, Marin General Hospital supports primary care and specialty care services for the uninsured provided by Marin Healthcare District’s 1206(B) Clinics (Bon Air Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Center of Marin, Marin Endocrine Center, Marin Internal Medicine, North Bay Family Medicine, North Bay Rheumatology, North Bay Urology, North Marin Internal Medicine, San Rafael Medical Center, Sirona Vascular Center, Tamalpais Internal Medicine, West Marin Medical Center) and Prima Medical Foundation.  In 2017, these clinics served 6,651 low-income patients over 20,741 visits, including Medi-Cal and Charity Care patients. 

Marin General Hospital partners with community-based organizations to increase the number of individuals who receive primary healthcare services and other health-related services that help them manage chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension; access ambulatory care services such as dental and mental healthcare; and transition to stable housing to maintain their health and wellness.

During 2017, Marin General Hospital made eleven grants to other nonprofit organizations in Marin County, totaling $466,000 to the following organizations:

  • Buckelew
  • Coastal Health Alliance
  • Community Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Homeward Bound of Marin
  • Marin Center for Independent Living
  • Marin Community Clinics
  • Operation Access
  • Ritter Center
  • RotaCare San Rafael
  • Senior Access
  • Whistle Stop

View the complete 2017 Community Benefit Report for the full details. 

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In 2016, Marin General Hospital completed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and 2017-2019 Implementation Strategy Work Plan Report. Both documents were approved by the Board of Directors (CHNA on August 2, 2016, and the Work Plan Report on December 6, 2016). To request a hard copy of the documents or if you would like to share any feedback/comments please email us.