The University of Chicago Medicine provided $567.1 million in benefits and services to the South Side community in fiscal 2020, according to its annual Community Benefit Report.
This investment represents a 9.2% increase over fiscal 2019 ($519.5 million) and includes uncompensated care, charity services, unrecoverable patient debt, medical education and research and other community support.
UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial in Harvey, Illinois, contributed $89.5 million in community benefit investment to the Southland region in fiscal 2020, compared to $71 million the previous year.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the stark health disparities affecting our Black and Brown communities, which bore the heaviest burden through illness, loss of life and economic hardship,” said Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA, UChicago Medicine’s Senior Vice President for Community Health Transformation and its Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer. “UChicago Medicine continues to prioritize and invest in measures to improve health equity, strengthen our partnerships and grow the resources needed to transform healthcare on Chicago’s South Side and the health and well-being of all of its residents.”