has released its Community Benefits Report, showing its continuing commitment to serve the needs of all regions throughout Pennsylvania, western New York and western Maryland where there are UPMC facilities. The UPMC Community Benefits Report
details how in those regions UPMC provided $1.7 billion in IRS-defined community benefits during Fiscal Year 2020, up by $264 million from the previous year. Over the past five years, UPMC has delivered $6.2 billion in community contributions.
Also during the past five years, UPMC’s total economic impact of $42 billion has nearly doubled. The health system’s spending has a multiplier effect that ripples benefits through local economies. As the Commonwealth’s largest non-governmental employer, UPMC supports more than one in four hospital jobs in Pennsylvania, and paid $919 million in federal, state and local taxes last year.
UPMC’s $1.7 billion in community-focused programs last year equals nearly $4.6 million per day or more than 18% of net patient revenue. According to the most recent publicly available data, UPMC contributes more than what any other health system in Pennsylvania contributes.
The $1.7 billion total includes:
- $509 million to make care more accessible for the most vulnerable residents in our communities, including $121 million in free or discounted care to 20,000 patients. UPMC contributes a larger-than-expected share of the region’s charity care. While UPMC cares for 18% of patients in all of Pennsylvania, it provides 25% of the hospital charity care in the Commonwealth.
- $558 million for community health and wellness programs and charitable contributions. UPMC is Pennsylvania’s leading hospital contributor to community health improvement services, such as neighborhood clinics and support groups, free medical equipment and transportation.
- $599 million for medical research and education, advancing breakthrough treatments and cures while training the next generation of clinicians. UPMC funds more than half of all hospital-funded research in Pennsylvania, and 98% of all hospital-funded research in western Pennsylvania. Along with the University of Pittsburgh, our educational institution partner, UPMC is ranked #7 nationally in National Institutes of Health funding and has the nation’s fourth-largest medical residency program.
UPMC cares for a disproportionate number of high-need patients throughout all the regions it serves, bringing resources within reach to:
- 8 out of 10 substance use patients in Allegheny County.
- 7 out of 10 Medicaid patients in Lawrence and Mercer counties.
- 7 out of 10 seniors in Bedford, Blair and Somerset counties.
- 7 out of 10 babies born to low-income families in the Erie region.
- Nearly half of pediatric patients from low-income families in the Dauphin County/ Harrisburg region.
- 7 out of 10 seniors in the Susquehanna region.
“In addition to ensuring the advancement of clinical care for our patients, UPMC has always been equally committed to investing funds and resources to address the most pressing needs of the many diverse communities we serve outside of our hospital walls,” said Edward Karlovich, executive vice president and chief financial officer, UPMC.
“We are proud to be able to continue providing excellent clinical care for our patients along with serving as a powerful engine of progress, growth and prosperity for all of our communities throughout all of our regions,” added Leslie C. Davis, executive vice president, UPMC, and president of the Health Services Division.