Memorial Hospital, Inc., Towanda, annually contributes millions of dollars to the region’s economy, according to a new report released by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Memorial Hospital also supports more than 392 full time jobs in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.
“I am so thankful for Memorial Hospital,” says 74-year-old Ulster resident Russell Vanderpool, Sr. Vanderpool is a retired heavy equipment operator. He continued, “Under the direction of my physician, Dr. Timothy Hoffman, I began treatments at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Now, thanks to a referral from Dr. Hoffman, I am able to receive my treatments right here, close to home, at Memorial Hospital.”
“Memorial Hospital is an irreplaceable community asset that provides access to a broad range of essential healthcare services,” said James Parks, President of Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees.
“Memorial Hospital is an economic and social anchor providing healing, health, and hope in our community,” said Gary A. Baker, Memorial Hospital President and CEO. “We also provide a safe haven and a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.”
Baker said, “Healthcare providers at Memorial Hospital annually care for 1,575 inpatients, provide care for more than 50,530 outpatient visits and they evaluate 11,600 injured and ill people in their emergency room. Doctors deliver more than 200 babies each year at Memorial Hospital.”
“Hospitals are a ‘must-have’—not a ‘nice-to-have’—for Pennsylvania’s citizens, providing essential health care services for millions of patients each year and stable employment for nearly 600,000 Pennsylvanians,” says Carolyn F. Scanlan, president and CEO of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). “As lawmakers craft a difficult 2011–2012 state budget, they need to ensure adequate payments for hospitals to remain fiscally healthy and to maintain their status as national leaders in health care quality.”
“At a time when statewide unemployment remains at high levels, and job growth remains sluggish, hospitals continue to be the biggest employers in their communities,” said Scanlan. “In 55 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, hospitals are among the top five employers.”
Scanlan cautioned that if state budget proposals push for reductions in hospital payments, they will be jeopardizing the very jobs that are keeping many local economies intact. Recent Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry statistics show that while non-farm employment in Pennsylvania decreased by 4.2 percent between December 2007 and December 2009, direct hospital employment remained fairly steady, with only a slight decline of 1.2 percent during the same period.
Pennsylvania Hospitals Critical to State Economy shows that Pennsylvania hospitals provided more than 585,000 hospital and hospital service-related jobs to the commonwealth’s workforce and $98.9 billion to the state’s economy in 2010—up 9 percent, from $89.8 billion, in 2008.
For more information about the comprehensive healthcare services at Memorial Hospital along with a complete physician directory, visit www.memorialhospital.org.