Community Investment

As a not-for-profit hospital, community benefit is core to Lurie Children’s mission. The hospital addresses preventive care and population health through the programs and activities of the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities. Lurie Children’s also absorbs the cost of unreimbursed charity care through our commitment to treat all children regardless of ability to pay; one-third of our patients live in under-resourced Chicago neighborhoods and 55% are either uninsured, underinsured, or covered by Medicaid (which reimburses well below cost). In FY21, the institution invested $231 million in unreimbursed charity care, under-reimbursement from caring for patients insured by Medicaid, and community benefit programs. 

  • Charity care, losses due to Medicaid reimbursement below cost of services and other uncompensated costs: $170.2 million
  • Resident and fellow training: $24.4 million
  • Family support and interpretation services: $10.3 million
  • Research funding, net of Grants and Philanthropic Support: $18.0 million
  • Community clinic support: $1.5 million
  • Child advocacy programs: $6.6 million

Total community investment: $231 million