In the most recently completed fiscal year (FY 2013), Mercy Medical Center provided $7,287,594 in community benefits and uncompensated bad debt for the residents of the tri-state area. That amount included $1,336,571 in charity care (at cost), $1,357,433 in Medicaid shortfalls, $201,661 in programs for the poor and under-served, $324,440 in programs for the broader community and $4,067,489 in uncompensated bad debt expense. If the unpaid cost of Medicare patients of $9,483,986 is included, the total uncompensated care totaled $16,771,580.
Mercy is a not-for-profit hospital, which means that the money earned from providing patient care is reinvested back into the community by providing new technology, upgrading facilities, and making sure that care is provided to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Mercy works to improve the health of the community by providing a range of services including programs to manage persons with chronic diseases, health education and disease prevention initiatives, outreach services for the elderly, and care for persons who are poor or uninsured.