MCH IMPACTS REGIONAL ECONOMY
Hospitals are the largest contributor to the overall health of residents within a community. But they also contribute greatly to the overall economic health of the communities they serve, too.
The Georgia Hospital Association recently released its 2017 Economic Impact Report, which quantifies the impact of the Archbold health system in the region. Using the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis methodology, Archbold Medical Center’s regional economic impact was over $641 million in revenue for the local and state economy in 2017. The report also found that Archbold’s Mitchell County Hospital contributed over $28 million to the local economy during the same time period.
According to the report, during the same time period, Archbold provided approximately $26.2 million in uncompensated care for patients in South Georgia and North Florida, $1.9 million of which was provided in Mitchell County by Mitchell County Hospital. The Archbold health system sustained more than 2,079 full-time jobs throughout South Georgia and the rest of the state, while MCH was directly responsible for employing 139 people in Mitchell County, and creating or sustaining 342 jobs in the region and statewide.
The report revealed that Archbold had direct expenditures of nearly $274 million in 2017, $12 million of which were tied to MCH. When combined with an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of those expenditures was over $641 million for the entire Archbold health system and $28 million for Mitchell County Hospital. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.
“We strive to provide high quality healthcare and use the most advanced medical technology to meet the healthcare needs of our patients here at Archbold said Perry Mustian, Archbold President and CEO. “But the impact we have on region’s economic health is very important, too.”
The regional health system based in Thomasville employs over 2,079 people. Archbold’s Mitchell County Hospital employs around 139 people in Mitchell County. According to the GHA report, for every Archbold employee, there is more than one supporting job created throughout the region and state. In addition the funds the organization spends on goods and services flow from the hospital to businesses, and those funds ripple through the local economy, as well.
“We provide convenient access to critical healthcare services close to home,” said Jamie Womack, Systems Administrator for Critical Access Hospitals and Long-Term Care at Archbold. “Our number one priority is to take care of our community. But to know that our hospital and staff have such a large impact on the economic health of our community is certainly something we’re proud of.”