Community Benefit

As a not-for-profit, independent district hospital, MarinHealth Medical Center is fully committed to serving the healthcare needs of the surrounding community. In addition to being the county’s only full-service acute care facility, we give extensive charitable resources to benefit the community through access to care, education, prevention and support programs, and more.

2020 Community Benefit

Community benefit services promote health and healing and focus on addressing the identified unmet health needs of the community. For a program or service to be considered a community benefit it must: improve access to healthcare; or enhance the health of the community; or advance medical or healthcare knowledge; or reduce the burden of government or other nonprofit community efforts. In 2020, MarinHealth Medical Center provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area.

MarinHealth provided more than $1.4 million in financial assistance (charity care) costs where no reimbursement is received and $30.2 million in Medi-Cal and other programmatic shortfalls, which is the difference between what the hospital is reimbursed for care to beneficiaries and the actual cost of providing that care. During 2020, MarinHealth Medical Center made more than $62.6 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $60.9 million (97%) of the total community benefit contribution helped to improve access to care, increase healthy eating and active living, reduce homelessness, address mental health and substance use, and reduce violence and injuries. The remainder was allocated for community building, community benefit operations, and health professions education.

MarinHealth Medical Center partners with community-based organizations to increase the number of individuals who receive primary healthcare services and other health-related services that help them manage chronic conditions, access mental healthcare services, and transition to stable housing to maintain their health and wellness.

In 2020, MarinHealth provided grant funding to 17 local community partners in Marin County through our Community Grants Program. Supported programs included bilingual mental health counseling services, respite care, patient navigation services, access to food, free health screenings, surgical procedures, and transportation services.


  • 183 uninsured individuals received 254 needed surgical and/or diagnostic services, restoring their quality of life and ability to return to work.
  • Supported 13,054 enrollment counselor appointments to link patients to community resources including legal services, rental assistance and social security benefits.
  • 3,500 households in Novato and San Rafael received nutritious food boxes.
  • 996 homeless individuals received health care services.
  • 50 low-income individuals received free acute medical care and medications.
  • 257 West Marin seniors received case management services, home delivered meals and frequent contact via phone, Facetime and Zoom to reduce isolation and fear.
  • 220 individuals were provided substance use recovery support and empowerment services.
  • Over 180 youth, adults, seniors, transitional-age-youth and LGBTQ+ individuals were provided bilingual, culturally sensitive mental health counseling sessions.
  • 66 individuals received multiple peer-to-peer behavioral health interventions with a promotora.
  • 71 homeless individuals received medical respite, which resulted in preventing 671 avoidable hospital days and a $2,013,000 savings to MarinHealth.

2020 Grant Recipients

Buckelew Programs
Buckelew helps people with behavioral health challenges to lead healthier, more independent lives. Funding supported bilingual and culturally sensitive psychotherapeutic services for individuals and families, including undocumented individuals.

Community Action Marin
The Enterprise Recovery Center serves adults with serious mental illness who are disenfranchised and often reluctant to seek help and services. Funding provided individual and group activities that lead to an individualized program of recovery using mental health peers.

Marin City Community Development Corporation
The Empowerment Clubhouse is a recovery-oriented, strengths-based community mental health organization serving individuals recovering from mental illness and associated psychosocial stressors. Funding provided independent employment, transitional job placements and continuing education.

Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP)
CIP provides quality, low-cost mental health services to individuals and families who don’t have the resources to pay full fees for professional help. Funding provided timely and comprehensive mental health care for vulnerable families who are ineligible for county services and cannot otherwise afford care.

Homeward Bound of Marin: Marin County Homeless Shelters
Homeward Bound provides homeless support programs, including emergency shelter, supportive housing, and job training. Grant funds supported medical respite services for people exiting acute hospital care without stable housing.

Huckleberry Youth Programs
Huckleberry strengthens families and empowers young people with services that promote safety in times of crisis, physical and emotional health and well-being, social justice in communities facing inequality, and educational success. Funding provided youth with health education, substance use prevention, and sexual violence prevention workshops.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services
JFCS offers counseling for individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Funding provided 51 seniors with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Healthy Ideas behavioral activation and linkages to other services.

Marin Center for Independent Living
MCIL provides services and advocacy for seniors and people with disabilities. Funding supported medical benefits counseling, referrals to services, and education and enrollment services for the CalFresh Expansion program.

Marin Community Clinics
MCC, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive health services to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Funding supported pregnancy and nutrition classes, wellness initiatives for chronic disease management, and enrollment services for insurance and CalFresh.

North Marin Community Services
NMCS empowers youth, adults and families to achieve wellbeing, growth and success. Funding supported the Latino Behavioral Health Connection Program, a promotora model to identify behavioral health issues, and provide education, peer support and referrals to services.

Operation Access Marin County
Operation Access provides free surgical, diagnostic and specialty care surgical procedures to uninsured community members. Funding provided 183 uninsured individuals with 254 surgical and/or diagnostic services.

Ritter Center: Health, Home and Community
Ritter Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides comprehensive care for homeless individuals or those living in overcrowded conditions. Funding supported quality improvement projects to enhance care.

RotaCare Bay Area: Free Medical Clinics
A volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations and community members dedicated to providing free primary, quality healthcare services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care. Funding provided 304 individuals with medical care and medications.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center
SGVCC fosters healthy communities by providing an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic center for locally based human services, arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and community building. Funding provided youth and seniors with financial assistance, food, and social connections.

Spahr Center
The Spahr Center is devoted to serving, supporting and empowering Marin’s LGBTQ+ community and everyone in the county living with and affected by HIV. Funding provided mental health therapy.

West Marin Senior Services
WMSS provides case management, home delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation assistance and visiting programs for seniors. Funding provided seniors with core services, companionship and home delivered meals.

Whistlestop promotes independence and well-being for older adults and people living with disabilities. Funding supported transportation services to medical appointments.

To learn more about our community partners, and how you can get involved, please visit their websites.

Annual Community Benefit Report

MarinHealth's 2020 community benefit report and plan can be accessed, here.

Grant Program

MarinHealth partners with and supports community organizations and health agencies committed to building innovative strategies that serve the needs of Marin County residents through our Community Benefit Grant Program. Learn more about our Community Benefit Grant Program.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In 2019, MarinHealth completed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and 2020-2022 Implementation Strategy. Both documents were approved by the Board of Directors on September 3, 2019.

The 2016 CHNA and 2017 - 2019 Implementation Strategy were approved by the Board of Directors on August 2, 2016.

To request a hard copy of the documents or if you would like to share any feedback/comments please email us.