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Community benefits

Yakima Valley Memorial's commitment to the community

What is community benefit?

As a not-for-profit, mission-driven healthcare organization, YVM, under our tax exemption status, provides certain community benefits that are a direct benefit to our patients and community. Community benefits are programs and activities that are built upon our belief that improving health will transform Yakima. By promoting health and healing as a response to identified community needs, serving vulnerable populations, and building partnerships, we strengthen Yakima as a vibrant and healthy place to live, work and raise families. It is more than just treating the sick; it is about creating and supporting healthy families—physically, socially and economically. YVM's community benefit includes education, charity care, subsidized health services, community health improvement activities and more.

The community benefit figures are reported in accordance with the IRS Form 990 Schedule H requirement.

Our community. Our commitment.

YVM is a not-for-profit organization with a charitable purpose that will always be grounded by our community roots. When its founders planted the seed in 1950, it was probably hard to imagine that the hospital would grow into the mighty tree it is today, with branches that extend far and wide.

Meeting the healthcare needs of our community is essential to our not-for-profit mission. That mission also extends to serving those who cannot afford healthcare and to supporting programs and services for those in financial need.

Local governance, local decisions for local people. Members of YVM's Board of Directors are local people who make decisions that are carefully considered to provide the best possible healthcare for our community.

Our role as a not-for-profit organization

Unlike healthcare systems owned by for-profit companies that return profit to stockholders, YVM is a not-for-profit organization with a charitable purpose. YVM was founded in 1950 by a group of local citizens. As a not-for-profit hospital, any money remaining after expenses have been paid is reinvested in healthcare. That money stays in the community to purchase needed medical equipment and support health education and other community health needs.

It's better for patients

The community-owned, not-for-profit approach to healthcare best serves our patients and our communities. For-profit hospitals focus mainly on acute care and services that have a "bottom line". Not-for-profit hospitals have a full continuum of services, with many that do not have a positive bottom line.

Our volunteer Board of Directors

The volunteer Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors bases all decisions on the needs of the community. Investor-owned, for-profit health systems have a financial incentive to avoid caring for uninsured and underinsured patients. They have a financial incentive to avoid hard-to-serve populations.

YVM offers many programs that are costly and generally unprofitable, such as the community cancer registry, diabetes education, and various programs for children and families. It's our mission to sustain these much-needed services, regardless of how we are reimbursed.

  • David Hargreaves, Chairman
    David Hargreaves
    Chairman
  • Buffy Alegria, Vice-Chairman
    Buffy Alegria
    Vice-Chairman
  • Richard Martinez, Treasurer
    Richard Martinez
    Treasurer
  • Gail Weaver, Secretary
    Gail Weaver
    Secretary
  • Kerry Harthcock, MD
    Kerry Harthcock, MD
  • Bruce Heiser
    Bruce Heiser
  • Cynthia Juarez
    Cynthia Juarez
  • Maribel Torres Jiménez
    Maribel Torres Jiménez
  • Stephen Rupp, MD
    Stephen Rupp, MD
  • Carole Peet Hospital CEO
    Carole Peet
    Hospital CEO
  • James Young
    James Young

Assessing the needs of the community

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YVM opened its doors in 1950 in response to a community need. We believe improving health will transform Yakima, and over our history we've committed to meeting the changing needs of our community by reinforcing a legacy of collaboration and partnership that strengthens Yakima. It is more than treating the sick; it is about creating and supporting healthy families—physically, socially and economically.

It is in this spirit of collaboration and dedication to the needs of the Yakima Valley that YVM puts forth this inaugural Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Conducting CHNAs and making them available to the public meets our obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Section 501 (r) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The CHNA is based on the Healthy People 2020 objectives. Released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each decade, Healthy People provides objectives and science-based benchmarks to track and monitor progress towards a society in which all people live long, healthy lives.

2020-2022 implementation plan 2019 CHNA

Improving health outcomes

This assessment document is a map, and through the following four-stage approach, we will make progress toward improved health and transforming Yakima:

  • Plan: Identify priorities for services and community health improvement processes.
  • Partner: Identify those who can work together to best meet community needs.
  • Do: Design programs and approaches to improve access to high quality healthcare services.
  • Improve: Improve the health outcomes of Yakima County.

As a result of the CHNA, health priorities were selected, and using our four-stage approach, YVM has developed action plans to address these priorities and to positively influence the health and well-being of the community.

Implementation plan

Our implementation plan is the multi-year action guide to improving the health status of our community and targets the prioritized areas and gaps in health needs that have been identified. During the CHNA process, themes emerge and are prioritized by community partners and hospital leadership, based on those most significant for our community. These identified priority needs frame YVM's community benefit initiatives.

The YVM implementation plan outlines both internal and communitywide objectives and strategies under each of these priority areas as well as the specific measurements and targets that will be used to evaluate our progress.

We would like to hear from you! If you have any comments or questions about our CHNA, implementation plan or community benefit, please contact Omar Gambito, Director of Community Health Outreach and Education Call: 509.249.5061 or email:omargambito@yvmh.org

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Community building

Community-building activities improve the health of persons in the community by addressing the determinants of health, which includes the social, economic and physical environment. These are programs and activities that address the root causes of health problems, such as poverty, homelessness and environmental hazards, by focusing specifically on physical improvements and housing, economic development, community support, environmental improvements, leadership development, coalition building, community health improvement advocacy and workforce development.

How to apply

Is your organization eligible? View our Community Investment citeria

Complete our Community Investment Form

YVM welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations to create healthy communities, and we have set aside specific funds to help support community organizations with community benefit programs or community-building activities. Funding considerations require an online application, so if your organization is seeking funding for community benefit or community-building activities, please submit the required information via the online community-investment form. Upon receipt of the online application, a YVM representative will contact you for more information or take your request to our quarterly community investment committee meeting.

Form 990

What is an Internal Revenue Service Form 990?

IRS Form 990 is an annual reporting form that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization's mission, programs and finances.

What organizations are required to file Form 990?

Most federally tax-exempt organizations, with the exception of churches and state institutions, and all 501(c)(3) private foundations, are required to file Form 990.

What is the purpose of Form 990?

The Form 990 provides the public with important information, including financial information, about the filing organization and is often the only source of such information. It is also used by government agencies to ensure that organizations such as YVM are meeting their not-for-profit missions.

What does it mean for YVM to be a not-for-profit healthcare organization?

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, YVM's mission is to "improve the health of those we serve." This mission calls for us to be accountable to many groups—including those who grant us tax exemption because of our status as a "charitable, community-oriented organization." Absent this exemption, YVM would not be able to deliver the same level and amount of benefits and services that are so important to the communities we serve.

How is YVM different from a for-profit healthcare organization?

As a not-for-profit healthcare organization, YVM reinvests its operating margins back into the community we serve by improving and expanding our healthcare services; purchasing new technology; upgrading facilities; adding key healthcare workforce, including physician specialists; and ensuring that care is available to everyone, regardless of the ability to pay. Operating margins are not distributed to shareholders, as they are with a for-profit healthcare organization.

What is community benefit?

Community benefit, which is made possible by our tax-exempt status, means that YVM benefits the communities we serve in a variety of ways, including charitable care and discounted healthcare services for the uninsured and underinsured, educational programs support, community programs and services, health education and disease screening and prevention initiatives, child guidance and advocacy programs, and many others. In 2012, YVM provided more than $73 million in Community Benefit to the community.

Where can I find more information about Form 990s?

More information is available from the IRS.

What if I have questions about YVM's Form 990s?

In order to obtain a copy of YVM's current IRS Form 990, please email us at form990@yakimamemorial.org.