The Community Benefit Department of St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital
Hospitals sponsors, develops, manages and sustains Healthy Community initiatives
for the vulnerable populations of Humboldt County. Working in partnership
with citizens, public and private agencies and organizations, we better
focus our resources upon the most critical needs. Partnering with others
enables us to better address these needs. The Community Benefit Committee,
a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, reviews the activities of the
department to assure the response to community need is appropriate.
The Community Benefit Committee oversees the Community Health Needs Assessment
(CHNA) process every three years, using the information obtained in the
assessment to set the goals and outcomes for the yearly Community Benefit
Plan. The Plan is forwarded to the State of California as one tool to
show our commitment as a non-profit organization to the community we serve.
Your feedback is important to us. Please comment on our
FY14 CHNA and FY15-FY17 Implementation Strategy Reports by emailing
Many of the community benefit activities and programs sponsored by SJH
Humboldt County are housed in the Community Benefit Department. These
Community Resource Centers (Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Eureka, Loleta and Willow Creek),
Paso a Paso (Step by Step),
Healthy Kids Humboldt,
Care Transitions and the
Extending a Ministry of Hope
The mission of the Sisters has always been to respond to the needs of the
community, serving in a variety of ways: educating the young, caring for
the sick and poor, ministering to the dying, and advocating to ensure
a just and fair society for all. Today, SJH is privileged to carry forth
the healing ministry of the Sisters and to extend the concern that they
have always shown for people living within their communities.
In addition to offering the finest quality health care, all SJH entities
dedicate resources to improve the health and quality of life for the communities
it serves, with special emphasis on the needs of the economically poor
Each year St. Joseph Hospital allocates 10% of its net income (net unrealized
gains and losses) to the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund.
(See Figure 1). 7.5% of the contributions are used to support local hospital
Care for the Poor programs. 1.75% is used to support SJH Community Partnership
Fund grant initiatives. The remaining .75% is designated toward reserves,
which helps ensure the Fund's ability to sustain programs into the
future that assist low-income and underserved populations.
Furthermore, St. Joseph Hospital will endorse local non-profit organization
partners to apply for funding through the
St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund. Local non-profits that receive funding provide specific services and
resources to meet the identified needs of underserved communities throughout
St. Joseph Health hospitals' service areas.
Despite financial challenges that continue to face rural hospitals today,
the Sisters remain committed to their mission of continually improving
the health and quality of life of the people in the communities they serve
and to seeing it carried out in Humboldt County.