|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.