Serving Our Regional Community By Improving Health
These seven words sum up the healing mission of Valley Health. Our employees, who work in six hospitals and multiple outpatient settings, help and heal those in our care. But improving health involves so much more than what takes place at the bedside.
Valley Health’s contributions extend to education, prevention and partnering with others. It involves investment on a significant scale to revitalize the region’s healthcare capacity and capabilities. And it includes offering financial assistance to those with no or limited ability to pay for care, and subsidies to state and federal governments who pay below what it costs to provide services they authorize.
In 2009 Valley Health provided more than $71.3 million in care and services classified as Community Benefit, Medicare reimbursement shortfall, or bad debt expense. $44.5 million of the total is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as activity that supports our tax exempt status. This outweighs our estimated tax liability—what we would owe if we were a for-profit health system—by over $12 million.Access
Winchester Medical Center has long offered the broadest range of health services in a 4,000 square mile area of northwest Virginia and the West Virginia panhandle. But Valley Health’s focus is not on concentrating care in one site, it is on supporting care where people live. Our investment in health services across the region shows our commitment to care close to home