The UVM Medical Center publishes a Community Benefit Plan each year as an ongoing assessment of service area health care needs and to translate those needs into a coordinated approach to patient care. This work is conducted under standards of social accountability and community benefit as developed by the organization.

The Community Benefit Plan utilizes the input and expertise of community leaders through key information sessions, in assessing community needs and developing appropriate and sound solutions to identified problems.

Community Benefit

Community Benefit Summary FY2017

August 15, 2018

As a mission-driven not-for-profit health care system, the University of Vermont Medical Center gives back to its community in many ways.  We have been tracking our “community benefits” for a number of years, first using the methodology developed by the Catholic Hospital Association (CHA), and now using the reporting requirements for Schedule H of Form 990, the Internal Revenue Service-required reporting format (based largely on the CHA’s approach). 

University of Vermont Medical Center’s community benefit falls into four general categories of investments

Direct financial assistance to patients

  • Charity care (measured at cost rather than at gross charges).

Subsidized programs

  • Health professions education (programs and financial assistance for physicians and medical students, nurses and nursing students, and other health professionals)
  • Subsidized health services (services that benefit our community, including the uninsured and low-income individuals, despite incurring losses). In FY 2016, these included:
    • University of Vermont Medical Center Specialty Care Transport
    • Professional Emergency Department Services
    • Mental Health Services

Community programs and direct grants. Numbers for this category were derived from our annual “Community Benefits Inventory for Social Accountability” (CBISA) survey:

  • Community health services (health education classes, support groups, screening services, free clinics, etc.)
  • Financial contributions and in-kind donations (cash donations, grants, in-kind support such as meeting rooms, parking vouchers, supplies)
  • Community benefit operations (CHI operations, community needs assessments, etc.)

Medicaid and other public program underpayments. This category includes Medicaid underpayments as well as underpayments from other public programs (for example, Ladies First and the VA).  It does not include Medicare underpayments.  

Community Benefits FY2017

(from Form 990, Schedule H)

Direct financial assistance to patients $10,630,920
Charity Care $10,630,920
Subsidized programs $47,097,366
Health professions education $38,346,813
Subsidized health services $8,658,024
Research $92,529
Community programs and direct grants $8,453,542
Community health improvement services $4,375,235
Grants and donations (cash and in-kind) $4,078,307
Medicaid and other public program underpayments $127,158,264
Medicaid $122,262,184
Other programs $4,896,080
TOTAL $193,340,092
Investment in community benefit – comparisons  
Community benefit $193,340,092
Total functional expenses (from Form 990) $1,192,797,258
Percent of community benefit to functional expenses:   16.20%

More Information

For more information on the Community Benefit Program at the UVM Medical Center, please contact Peggy Rost at or by calling 802-847-2278.