Lewiston, ID (May 17, 2023) – St. Joseph Medical Center today published its community benefit and economic impact report for the 2022 calendar year. This yearly report outlines the many ways the hospital positively contributes to the Lewis and Clark Valley area and spotlights how it continues to support the health and well-being of those who live and work in the region.
“St. Joseph Regional Medical Center has served as this area’s primary healthcare provider for more than a century, and each day our team members bring the same commitment and focus on compassionate, quality care that has always been the standard at our hospital,” said Ed Freysinger, CEO of St. Joseph.
“Our mission is the care and well-being of our friends, family, and neighbors, but we are also cognizant of the responsibility that comes with being one of the area’s largest employers and an active community partner. The accomplishments and contributions listed in our 2022 community benefit report speak to the hospital’s impact and to the hard work and dedication of our remarkable team of providers,
employees, partners, and volunteers.”
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center’s 2022 community benefit report summarizes the hospital’s ongoing efforts to meet the growing healthcare needs of its community by welcoming new providers, expanding service lines and continually investing in its facilities and healthcare technology.
For example, in 2022, St. Joseph added 46 affiliated providers and made more than $5.0 million in capital improvements, including investments in robotics, radiation oncology, and other medical equipment.
Additionally, St. Joe’s provided $12 million in health services to those in need, demonstrating the hospital’s continued commitment to ensuring everyone has access to care, regardless of their ability to pay.
St. Joseph also strives to create an environment where providers want to practice, and employees want to work. In 2022, the hospital distributed more than $45 million in salaries, wages, and benefits for its approximately 660 employees, and contributed $150,000 in professional development and tuition assistance to enhance its employees’ opportunities to learn, grow, and improve the care they provide their patients.
The report shares several examples of how St. Joseph is continually seeking ways to make a positive impact in the communities it serves, extending far beyond the physical walls of its facilities. Last year, the organization paid more than $5 million in provider, payroll, property, and sales taxes, displaying its commitment to fiscal responsibility that helps boost the area’s economic well-being.
The hospital is also
honored to have continued its support of local activities and organizations that contribute to the community, including the Boys & Girls Club of the Lewis-Clark Valley, Idaho Foodbank Warehouse, Jackson Pay It Forward Foundation, Lewis-Clark State College, Twin County United Way, and several others.
“This area is home to most of the team members who work at St. Joseph,” added Freysinger. “We have always been a part of the broader community, but we work tirelessly to continue to earn its support through the care we provide, the taxes we pay, the local organizations we support, and much more.”