Community Support

As a community-based hospital and health care provider, St. Peter’s Health's mission is to improve the health of the community and provide quality health care services for all citizens, regardless of ability to pay. Each year, we give back over $14.4 million to the community through education, health services, donations, and free and reduced cost health care to ensure that financial issues do not prevent patients from seeking or receiving care.


Charity care consists of health care services provided to low-income patients at free or reduced prices, and is provided to those who have exhausted third–party resources, do not qualify for Medicaid or have insufficient incomes. Ability to pay is based on Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, which takes into account family size, new assets, and overall financial position. Patients whose family income is at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) are eligible to receive free care. Patients whose family income is above 175% but not more than 250% of the FPL are eligible to receive a discount of 50% of their account balance. St. Peter’s makes significant efforts to ensure charity care is granted to all patients who qualify.


Medicaid is a jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals. Health care Medicaid reimburses provides well below the actual cost of care, so the unpaid cost of Medicaid represents the difference between our cost and the amount Medicaid paid us for the health care services we provided.


The Helena region has a high need for several health care services that do not generate sufficient revenue to cover the cost of providing them. St. Peter’s Health subsidizes the following services to ensure their availability to our community:

  • Neonatal/Obstetrical/Newborn Care
  • St. Peter’s Medical Group physician clinics (primary care and specialties)
  • Urgent Care
  • Hospice/Home Health
  • Hospital-based Pharmacy (the only pharmacy in the community open 24/7)
  • Apex Home Oxygen
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Neuropsychology


St. Peter’s Health provides health-related education to the community through large events, classes, lectures and wellness screenings. Most are completely free-of-charge to the community.

  • St. Peter’s Family Fun Fest attracted more than 2,000 participants in 2016, including 750 youth and their families to a Centennial Park fun run ending with a health fair in the Great Northern Town Center.
  • St. Peter’s Spring Wellness Event features physician talks on colorectal health, free wellness screenings, educational displays with St. Peter’s nurses, and a delicious, fiber-rich “superfood” breakfast for attendees.
  • St. Peter’s offers year-round courses on first aid, CPR, childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, babysitting, tobacco cessation, diet and fitness.


St. Peter’s Health supports other organizations and initiatives that share our goal to improve the health of our community. In 2016, that included cash donations to organizations focused on the health, social, cultural, and educational needs of our region. In addition, St. Peter's Health staff donates time, materials, and leadership to more than 30 community groups, including various schools, Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, Helena Education Foundation, Rocky Mountain Development Council, The Friendship Center, Helena YWCA and others.

Apply for sponsorships and donations here.


St. Peter’s Health invests approximately $8–10 million per year—four times the national average for health care systems our size—in capital improvements such as new equipment, facilities, and technology infrastructure. This is a strong affirmation of our commitment to providing the best possible care for our community, and our not-for-profit, community-owned model. Our “profits” are reinvested to improve the quality of care we offer, not distributed as dividends to shareholders. The return-on-investment: a healthier community for us all.  Click here to see our recent projects.

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