Via Christi Health reports it provided $40.9 million in charity care in 2014

Via Christi Health said Friday that it provided $91.4 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2014, including $40.9 million in charity care.

The Wichita-based Catholic health system, a unit of Acension, said in a news release that the charity care it provided in the fiscal year that ended June 30 included $27.1 million in unpaid costs for services provided to Medicaid patients.

It said it reports “community benefit” figures based on the system’s cost to provide the service rather than the amount billed to patients. Via Christi Health operates hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and other health facilities in 14 communities in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.

In Wichita, the nonprofit system’s community benefit was $76.9 million, including $34.2 million in charity care.

“Our clinics, hospitals and senior villages work actively within their communities to create and support programs that focus on expanding access to care for people who are poor or otherwise underserved,” Jeff Korsmo, Via Christi Health president and CEO, said in the release.

In addition to charity care, its fiscal year 2014 community benefit included:

▪ Nearly $500,000 in subsidized health services.

▪ More than $17.4 million in training for doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

▪ More than $5 million in services such as support of community clinics, health screenings, research and donations of space to community groups.