Skip to main content
Welcome to Health First Inc.
Search Health First Submit Search Criteria    
Health First Now Button

   About Us
   Find a Physician
   Patients & Visitors
   Events & Classes
   News & Media
   Ways to Help
   Careers & Nursing


   My Health First Tools
   For Physicians
   For Clinicians & Staff

Health First Foundation
Online Scheduling and Pre-Registration
Sign Up for E-bulletins
Normal Text Larger Text

What are not-for-profit/community-minded hospitals?

What it means to your community

Local control, local concerns. No private gain. Access to care. And attention to community needs. Not-for-profit/community-minded healthcare systems, like Health First, hold themselves accountable to the people they serve.

Not-for-profit/community-minded Investor-owned
Assets stay in the community. Assets belong to investors/owners.
Local board of trustees serve without pay and balance financial decisions with community concerns. Major decisions are often made by individuals outside the community who emphasize creating profits for the stockholders.
Not for "private" profit; no private person or corporation makes any profit. Stockholders might be physicians who practice at the hospital; community members are generally not allowed to purchase stock.
All income above expenses is used to improve the health of the community. Profits often leave the community.
Provides a full spectrum of care — education, prevention, and treatment — that benefits all members of the community. Provides a full range of care that benefits the community they serve; however, focus is also placed on how to best serve their investors.

Back to about Health First