Facts and Figures

How Scripps is making a difference in the San Diego community

In 2018, Scripps contributed more than $395 million to community benefit activities. This includes more than:

  • $358.3 million in uncompensated care
  • $26.7 million in professional education and research
  • $10.2 million in community health services, subsidized health services and community building activities

In 2018, severe economic conditions continued to affect various industry sectors and organizations, including health care. Despite this, Scripps continues to fully take on the challenge of meeting the health care needs of our community, including the growing number of individuals and families without the ability to pay for these critical services.

Scripps Health community benefit plan and report

The 2019 Community Benefit Report (PDF, 12 MB) is the system’s annual response to Senate Bill 697, a 1994 state law that requires private, nonprofit hospitals to document the full range of community benefits they provide on a yearly basis. Scripps takes this legislative requirement a step further by incorporating community benefit activities from throughout the system, including Scripps’ five acute-care hospital campuses, wellness centers and clinics. The report details programs and services that provide benefit to the community over and above standard practices of care. It is categorized into three primary areas:

Our total community benefit

The report covers the period of Oct. 2017 through Sept. 2018 (Fiscal Year 2018). During this fiscal year, Scripps devoted $395,361,567 to the community benefit programs and services below:




Medicare shortfalls



Medi-Cal and other means tested govenment programs*



Professional education



Charity care



Bad debt



Subsidized health services



Cash and in-kind contributions



Community health improvement services and community benefit operations



Health research



Community building activities



*Hospital Provider Fee was reported as offsetting revenue from Medi-Cal.

12% of our total operating expenses in 2018 were devoted to community benefit services at cost.