The high percentage is a reflection of the hospital's contribution to the community, he said.
"In return for the tax-exempt status, we give back to the community in the form of charity care," Hudson said. "We also take any and all Medicaid patients and incur the losses associated with Medicaid patients."
Local hospitals do pay a state sales tax and a federal Medicare provider tax.
If CAMC were to pay city taxes, Jones said, the amount would be significant.
"It would be in the multimillions," he said. "But they wouldn't have grown like they have. Being a nonprofit, people can donate money. They're building a cancer center because people are able to donate money and deduct that from income taxes."
Before South Charleston's Thomas Memorial bought Saint Francis in 2007, it operated as a for-profit hospital and paid local taxes, Jones said. When Thomas Memorial took it over, the city of Charleston took a $1 million per year hit to its tax revenue, Jones said.
"We've grown our way past it, but it's significant," he said. "It's a million bucks."
The amount of charity care and bad debt for Saint Francis was not available from the hospital's accounting department Friday afternoon, spokeswoman Paige Johnson said.
Saint Francis' sister hospital, Thomas Memorial in South Charleston, had a shortfall of $6.5 million for treating Medicaid and Medicare patients, wrote off $4.2 million in charity care and another $16 million in bad debt last year.
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