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.

2018 Community Benefit

Prior to July 30, 2019, MarinHealth Medical Center was known as Marin General Hospital. The former name is used in the information below and in the accompanying report, as it relates to the entity in 2018.

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 FY2018 (January – December), Marin General Hospital (MGH) provided community benefit activities and programs within its service area that reached more than 18,400 persons.

Marin General Hospital’s primary community benefit goal is access to healthcare. MGH absorbs more than $1.4 million in charity care costs where no reimbursement is received and more than $28 million in Medi-Cal and other programmatic shortfall, which is the difference between what MGH is reimbursed for care to beneficiaries and the actual cost of providing that care. During calendar year 2018, MGH made more than $58 million in community benefit contributions. Of that, $55.9 million (96%) 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 increase access to care in the community, MGH supports primary care and specialty care services for the uninsured provided by Marin Healthcare District’s 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. These clinics now fall under MarinHealth Medical Network.

Marin General Hospital 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.

During 2018, Marin General Hospital made 12 grants totaling $466,000 to the following to nonprofit organizations in Marin County:

  • Buckelew Programs
  • Coastal Health Alliance
  • Community Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Homeward Bound of Marin
  • Lifelong Medical Care
  • Marin Center for Independent Living
  • Marin Community Clinics
  • Operation Access
  • Ritter Center
  • RotaCare Bay Area
  • West Marin Senior Services
  • Whistle stop

View the complete 2018 Community Benefit Report for the full details.

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.

Submissions & Questions

The 2020 Community Benefit Grant Program period runs from August 16, 2019 to September 17, 2019. Late applications will not be considered. Final grant awards will be announced by December 2019. Contact us at for more information.