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.

2019 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 FY2019 (January – December), MarinHealth Medical Center provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area.

MarinHealth Medical Center’s primary community benefit goal is access to healthcare. We provide more than $1.2 million in charity care costs where no reimbursement is received and $33.5 million in Medi-Cal and other programmatic shortfall, which is the difference between what the hospital is reimbursed for care to beneficiaries and the actual cost of providing that care. During 2019, MarinHealth Medical Center made more than $59 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $56.4 million (95%) of the total community benefit contribution helped to improve access to care and provide direct patient care to our community. The remainder was allocated for community building, community benefit operations, health professions education and other health improvement services.

As part of our commitment to access to care in the community, MarinHealth Medical Center supports primary care and specialty care services for the uninsured at MarinHealth Medical Network Clinics (formerly known as Marin Healthcare District 1206(B) Clinics (Bon Air Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Center of Marin, Marin Endocrine Center, Marin Internal Medicine, North Bay Family Medicine, North Bay Rheumatology, North Bay Urology, North Marin Internal Medicine, San Rafael Medical Center, Sirona Vascular Center, Tamalpais Internal Medicine) and Prima Medical Foundation).

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 such as diabetes or hypertension; access ambulatory care services such as dental and mental healthcare; and transition to stable housing to maintain their health and wellness.

In 2019, MarinHealth provided grant funding to 13 local community partners in Marin County through our Community Grants Program. Supported programs included bilingual counseling services, respite care, patient navigation services, dental care, free health screenings, surgical procedures, and transportation services.


  • 489 seniors received core support services, enabling them to age in place in West Marin, a federally designated medically underserved population.
  • 68 homeless individuals were provided with medical respite services.
  • 6,193 individuals were connected with community resources to address economic and social issues.
  • Over 300 rides to medical appointments were provided to community members.
  • 277 surgical or diagnostic services were provided to uninsured community members.
  • 2,068 medication prescriptions were provided to uninsured individuals.
  • 304 individuals accessed 1:1 counseling with a mental health professional in their preferred language.

Access to Healthcare Initiatives

Coastal Health Alliance
Located in rural West Marin, CHA is the only safety-net provider in West Marin, a designated medical health professional shortage area. Funding supported dental services.

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

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 Clinic, 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.

Operation Access Marin County
Operation Access provides free surgical, diagnostic and specialty care. Funding supported 277 diagnostic and surgical procedures to uninsured community members.

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

RotaCare San Rafael Free Clinic
RotaCare is the only free clinic in Marin County serving the adult population. Funding supported prescription medications, lab services and clinical visits with practitioners.

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

Marin City Health and Wellness Center
MCHWC, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, provides health and wellness services with the goal of African American Health Equity. Funding supported a substance abuse recovery program employing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

West Marin Senior Services
Seniors are a federally designated medically underserved population in West Marin. WMSS provides case management, home delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation assistance and visiting programs for seniors. Funding supported 489 unduplicated seniors receiving these core supportive services.

Access to Mental Health Services

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

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.

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.

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

View the complete 2019 Community Benefit Report for the full details.

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.