Charity Care for Those in Need

The legacy of NorthBay Healthcare includes its founders’ belief that residents deserved a locally based, locally managed health care system that would care for all, regardless of an ability to pay.

In 2021, programs and services to help those with limited financial resources were sustained, despite a worldwide pandemic, and continual cuts from state and federal government sources.

Hospitals are paid less by the government to care for patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). Community-based hospitals such as ours, therefore, are left to offset the deficit.

The greatest community benefit of a local nonprofit healthcare system is charity care — treatment and services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay and who meet certain financial need criteria.

In 2021, NorthBay Healthcare provided more than $52 million in free care that was delivered to 4,420 patients who received the benefit of the charity care program in 2021.

It included:

  • The gross charity costs written off by NorthBay Healthcare: $45,953,001 and
  • Unreimbursed cost of charity care provided to patients: $6,892,950.