Hackensack Meridian Health is deeply committed to transforming health care, and that goes far beyond the walls of our hospitals. It is our duty and privilege to understand the diverse health profiles of the people in our community, and develop programs and services to specifically meet their needs.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Hackensack Meridian Health’s not-for-profit hospitals are required to conduct comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessments. It is based on the detailed outcomes of those reports, along with data from the New Jersey Department of Health, that a roadmap takes shape to increase the health and well-being of our friends, family and neighbors.

Programs and services provided by Hackensack Meridian Health often include free or discounted care for the vulnerable or underserved population, as well as important screenings or health education to properly arm the community with the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Not only are we dedicated to caring for and educating everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to pay, but we invest millions of dollars into educating the next generation of health care professionals to help combat the growing shortage.

What are community benefits?

Community benefits are services that Hackensack Meridian Health’s not-for-profit hospitals or partner companies provide with little or no payment or reimbursement, to meet the critical health care needs of the community. These types of services include:

  • Health Professional Education
  • Medical Research
  • Financial and In-Kind Donations
  • Subsidized Health Services
  • Uncompensated Care
  • Health Screenings and Prevention Services
  • Environmental Improvement Projects

Hackensack Meridian Health’s Community Contributions Total More Than $255 Million

Uncompensated Care $158.1 M
Health Professionals Education $52 M
Subsidized Health Services $31.2 M
Medical Research $7.6 M
Health Screenings and Prevention Services $4.5 M
Financial and In-Kind Donations $1.2 M
Total Contributions $255.1 M

* This covers community benefit contributions made by Hackensack Meridian Health in 2016, the most recent year of available data.