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Community Benefit

As a not-for-profit health care system, St. Mary’s is committed not only to our patients, but also to the communities we serve. St. Mary’s is proud to give back to Athens and Northeast Georgia, which have supported our institution for more than a century. Community Benefit is the process by which St. Mary’s measures and reports the impact on our community of health improvement services, health professions education, research, and financial and in-kind contributions. Because we are a Catholic health care system, Community Benefit is a vital part of our mission and values. Community Benefit is also one of the justifications for our not-for-profit tax status.

Click here to view IRS 990 Schedule H forms on the Trinity Health website.

To learn more about St. Mary’s Health Care Community Benefit, contact Mission Services at 706.389.3273.

Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementations Strategy

Every three years St. Mary’s conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in order to most effectively impact our community and to guide our Community Benefit planning. The CHNA is a thorough analysis of the health needs and assets in our community. The CHNA provides a comprehensive overview of the region we serve, including quantitative and qualitative data regarding socioeconomic factors, health indicators, and health status of the community. Not only is the CHNA an important tool for our health care system, but we also hope it serves as a resource for other organizations and citizens in our community. St. Mary’s first formal Community Health Needs Assessment was completed in the summer of 2010.

Community Sponsorships & Donations

St. Mary’s Health Care System, which includes St. Mary’s Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Sacred Heart Hospital, is dedicated to acting as an involved community partner by donating time, services, money and sponsorship to a rich variety of community causes. In an effort to best serve our community, we ask that non-profit organizations requesting donations and/or sponsorship please review the St. Mary’s Sponsorship & Donations Policy. If your organization meets the criteria in this policy, we welcome you to fill out the following Sponsorship & Donation Request Form and email the form to Melissa McDaniel at or fax to: 706-389‐3891. Requests are reviewed monthly by the Contributions Committee. In order to ensure that the Contributions Committee has enough time to consider each organization’s request, we ask that you please try to submit sponsorship/donation requests 90 days in advance of the event date or date funds are due.

STMH Sponsorships and Donations Policy

Sponsorship Donation Request Form