IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Joseph Health ranked #1 in the nation among faith-based health systems for its charitable contributions, according to a report by Modern Healthcare magazine. The report states that among faith-based health systems, the Irvine-based not-for-profit Catholic health care system contributes 17% of its total revenue to charity and community programs, the highest share reported. This contribution is also far greater than the average 5% contribution reported for both faith-based and secular health systems. "St. Joseph Health has a long tradition of reaching out to those in need," says Annette M. Walker, MHA, chief executive of St. Joseph Health. "Our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, have instilled in us the necessity of caring for our neighbors in every community we serve, especially those who are most in need." In addition to reporting on the percent of revenue contributed by faith-based health systems, Modern Healthcare also reveals that Catholic hospitals score higher on nationwide HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) surveys, which assess patients' perspectives of hospital care. "Faith-based hospitals, most of them associated with the Roman Catholic Church, play a critical role in the American health care system," according to the magazine. "Many began in immigrant communities and some still serve a disproportionate share of America's poorest patients." St. Joseph Health invested $441.7 million in community benefit, including $298 million in uncompensated care through MediCal (Medicaid) and other government means-tested programs, as well as $70 million in free (charity care) and discounted services, and $32 million in community health improvement services. These services included vital primary medical and dental care to those in need and cash and in-kind donations to organizations committed to serving the economically poor. During the last year, St. Joseph Health provided $41 million in community health improvement services, health profession education, and community health research to address the needs of the vulnerable and broader communities in the future. For more information on St. Joseph Health's community benefits programs, visit http://www.stjhs.org/Our-Programs/Community-Partnerships/Community-Benefit. About St. Joseph HealthA part of Providence St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system that includes 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services and community outreach services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, SJH remains rooted to the sisters' traditions of assessing a community's needs and adapting strategies to meet those needs. Today, SJH continues its work in the tradition of the sisters through its wide networks of outstanding services.