Hospital Creates $15.9 million Impact on Local Economy

WCHCS Economic Impact Ripple Effect

In all, Iowa’s Health Care Sector Provides Nearly 325,000 Jobs Across State

DES MOINES – According to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association, Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System generates 241 jobs that add $15,967,001 to Wayne County’s economy all while reliance on tax support falls to just 2% of total hospital income. In addition, Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System employees by themselves spend $1,743,683 on retail sales and contribute $104,621 in state sales tax revenue.

“As the business of healthcare becomes increasing more complex and challenging each year, I am keenly interested when the IHA Economic Impact report verifies the impact and importance of the our role. Not only is providing local healthcare important to each and every citizen, we are also supporting families and adding long term viability to the community,” commented Daren Relph, CEO.

The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact.

The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 72,008 people and create another 55,492 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.5 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $2.3 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

In all, Iowa’s health care sector, which includes offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $16.6 billion to the state economy while directly and indirectly providing 324,977 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment.

“Through the many changes in health care, there is one certainty: That hospitals and health care are vital to Iowa’s economy,” said IHA president and CEO Kirk Norris. “With nearly 325,000 jobs, health care is one of Iowa’s largest employers, and hospitals remain, by far, the biggest contributor to that number. In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals are uniformly among the largest employers.

“As our political leaders in Washington, DC and Des Moines consider legislation and regulations that impact hospitals and health care, they need to keep these facts in mind. As providers of high-quality, low-cost health care, good jobs and economic stability, there is no replacement for community hospitals.”

The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government and consumer audiences. All of Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are IHA members