Mitchell County Hospital Local Impact Nearly $55 Million
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The obvious benefit of a hospital like Mitchell County Hospital in a community is the care that it provides the emergency room visit in the middle of the night; advanced imaging services; the convenience of specialty care and primary care at one clinic.
But then you stop to think about how many people work at the hospital (Mitchell County Hospital is one of the largest employers in Mitchell County); or work at physician offices in town; or work at companies that do business with the hospital. And then you think about all of the places where those people shop and do business. This is what people mean when they say that Mitchell County Hospital is an economic engine for our community. It’s about jobs that help sustain our community and our quality of life.
The Georgia Hospital Association recently released its 2009 Economic Impact Report, which quantifies the impact that Mitchell County Hospital, Mitchell Convalescent Center and Pelham Parkway Nursing Home have on this community. Using the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis methodology, the report showed a combined local economic impact of nearly $55 million for the hospital and two nursing homes, including the creation or sustainment of 509 full-time jobs.
Mitchell County Hospital Administrator Mark Kimball said, “Archbold’s partnership with us has enabled Mitchell County Hospital to provide high quality care, but also have great impact beyond the walls of our hospital. We work hard to help provide a strong, healthy community hospital that has significant impact in Mitchell County, including the preservation of jobs.”
Archbold Medical Center—which includes Mitchell County Hospital, Archbold Memorial Hospital, two other affiliate hospitals, four nursing homes and Archbold Health Services—is one of the largest employers and economic engines in Southwest Georgia. Its regional economic impact was nearly $670 million in 2009, including the creation or sustainment of 4,718 full-time jobs.
Perry Mustian, Archbold Medical Center President and CEO, said, “Beyond the economic impacts estimated in this report, there is another type of benefit to our community that we are dedicated to at Archbold, and that is our community outreach. In 2010, Archbold provided over $40 million in the cost of free or reduced-fee care, free health screenings, support of health careers education and other community support. It’s a critical part of our mission as a not-for-profit hospital to meet community needs and we remain committed to that purpose.”