Our Role as a Safety Net Provider

In 2015 (the most recent data available at the time of this publication), Memorial Health provided cash donations to the following safety net and nonprofit organizations to help meet the healthcare needs of our community:

$82,500 to Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council

To support operations anund the salary of a care navigator for patients in need. Memorial Health is a founding member and active participant in the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, which provides healthcare for vulnerable populations in our county, including uninsured and underinsured citizens.

$63,000 to MedBank Foundation Inc.

For prescription assistance services. MedBank is a private nonprofit offering prescription assistance to low-income patients of area health providers. Med Bank obtains medications at no cost for patients through programs offered by drug manufacturers. In 2015, Med Bank provided more than $8.2 million in free medications to people in need in our community.

$83,721 in grants to community organizations

Including Alzheimer's Association Coastal Region, American Diabetes Association, AMBUCS, American Red Cross, Bethesda Home for Boys, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Georgia Medical Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, NAACP Freedom Fund, NAMI Savannah, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Rape Crisis Center, Ronald McDonald House, Safe Kids Georgia, Step Up Savannah, Susan G. Kamen Race for the Cure, The Links Foundation, and United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Snapshot of Our Total Community Benefit

Memorial Health cares for every person who comes through our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. We also contribute to numerous programs that improve the overall health of the community. Our community benefit breakdown:

Charity/Indigent and Unreimbursed Care Cost


Free or discounted health services provided to patients who are unable to pay for all or a portion of their care. Unreimbursed care includes the financial losses resulting from treating patients with Medicaid and Medicare, because we are reimbursed less than it costs to provide the care.

Health Professionals Education


Memorial Health invests heavily in programs to educate healthcare professionals and to alleviate the physician shortage in rural Georgia.

Community Health Improvement Services


Community health fairs, disease prevention education, safety services, Hispanic/Latino outreach, and patient assistance programs.

Cash and In-Kind Contributions


Cash contributions, grants made to community organizations, and in-kind contributions. Cash donations are highlighted above under "Our Role as a Safety Net Provider."



Any study or investigation undertaken with a goal of producing knowledge that is made available to the public.

Community Building Activities


Economic development, coalition building, workforce development, and environmental improvements.

Community Benefits Total


Bad Debt


In addition to treating patients who do not have the means to pay for their care, hospitals write off the bad debt of services for people who were expected to pay, but who did not because of an unwillingness or inability to do so.

Total Assistance Provided to the Community


Table Representation of Our Total Community Benefit

Program Cost
Community Building $94,000
Research $808,000
Cash/In-Kind Donations $835,00
Community Health Improvement $1.7 Million
Education $20.4 Million
Charity/Unreimbursed Care $31.9 Million

2015 Community Benefit Summary


Note: Bad Dept

$41.1 Million