Program areas at Christus Santa Rosa Health System
Community services for the poor and underserved rooted in our mission and tradition, the founders and sponsors of Christus Health and those who co-minister with them seek new and innovative ways of delivering quality Health Care that is both affordable and accessible to all. Today, more than ever, we must aim to improve the total Health status of the community through programs that place our services where they are needed most, with special attention and preference given to programs that support and benefit the Health and welfare of the poor and underserved. Community services for the poor and underserved represent the unpaid cost of services provided for which a patient is not billed, or for which a fee has been assessed that recovers only a portion of the cost of the rendered service. This category includes initiatives that reach out to those in need through community Health and social programs. These programs seek justice for the vulnerable and work to bring about changes in our political and economic systems. The programs cover a broad spectrum of services from community clinics, outreach programs for children and seniors, Health education, air ambulance and a variety of other social services. One example of Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation's community benefits accounted for under community services for the poor and underserved include the Christus Health community direct investment program (cdi). The Christus Health board of directors approved the funding of the cdi loan program to ensure that the work of social accountability and moral and ethical stewardship continues in spite of challenging fiscal conditions faced by local operating entities. The purpose of the cdi program is to support community-driven initiatives primarily for affordable housing and economic development by providing financing at below-market interest rates to not-for-profit organizations at terms not exceeding more than five years. The income that is lost from the market rate less our loan rate (foregone income) is considered a community benefit for reporting purposes. The cost of these investments is not included in the program service expenses of Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation. Christus Health has established the Christus fund to provide resources to not for-profit agencies and groups whose mission, vision and goals are consistent with Christus Health's mission, values and philosophy of a healthy community. We believe that by working together, we can make a profound difference in the quality of peoples' lives and create sustainable Health in our communities. During fy 2022, the total grant money distributed by Christus Health to the Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation region was $343,000. The cost of these grants is not included in the program service expenses for Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation. Several Christus regions provide indigent funding donations or "grants" to aid the counties in which they, or another Christus region, serve. Such grants may be paid to the county directly or via another hospital or healthcare organization in the area. This charitable donation helps relieve the additional expense of healthcare for the indigent population within our communities that Christus may not directly serve in one of our hospitals. This is a result of our mission to extend the healing ministry of jesus christ, especially to the poor and underserved.
Community services for the broader community the greatest share of these expenses is used for educating Health professionals. Helping to prepare future Health Care professionals is a distinguishing characteristic of not-for-profit Health Care, and constitutes a significant community benefit. Christus Santa Rosa Health Care Corporation also used cash donations as a vehicle to help our communities. We made cash donations, in addition to grants awarded through the Christus fund, to increase access to Health Care, support causes like the fight against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and for many other equally worthy purposes. During fy 2022, Christus Santa Rosa advocated for improving public policies, working to establish, and in some instances augment, grassroots advocacy and greater access to healthcare services for the constituents we serve.