The primary way that South Shore Hospital benefits the community is through our clinical programs. Our services address our region's most prevalent medical conditions – such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory illnesses, trauma, diabetes. Many of our services are inadequately reimbursed by government and private insurers.
We also offer community benefits programs that are designed to meet the needs of special populations, such as at-risk youth, the elderly, the impoverished, those with disabilities, chronic and terminal illnesses. Our community benefits programs generate little or no margin and would likely be discontinued if South Shore Hospital wasn't a charitable organization and we made decisions on a purely financial basis.