Published on April 24, 2014

Jackson County Regional Health Center Creates Over $8,000,000 Impact on Local Economy

MAQUOKETA – Jackson County Regional Health Center generates 208 jobs that add $8,061,762 to Jackson County’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, JCRHC employees by themselves spend $1,365,003 on retail sales and contribute $81,900 in state sales tax revenue.

"Jackson County Regional Health Center is an essential part of the community providing compassionate, local health care by professional medical staff. As a major employer, our employees’ wages, salaries, and benefits contribute to the economic stability and growth of our community. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of our residents through the high-quality health services we provide and proud of the positive economic impact we contribute to our local businesses and schools," said Curt Coleman, Administrator.

"This study reaffirms the importance of the Jackson County Regional Health Center to our community. In addition to providing quality health care for our citizens, this study also points out the significant impact that the facility has on the economy of the region," commented Kevin Burns, President, Maquoketa State Bank, and Chairman of the JCRHC Board of Directors.

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 71,437 people and create another 57,792 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

In all, Iowa’s health care sector, which includes employed clinicians, long-term care services and assisted living centers, pharmacies and other medical and health services, directly and indirectly provides 307,402 Iowa jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment.

"People are often unaware of the contributions that hospitals make to their local economies, including the number of people they employ, the significance of hospital purchases with local businesses and the impact of their employees’ spending and tax support for an entire region," said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO. "Just as no one provides the services and community benefits found at community hospitals, there is also no substitute for the jobs and business hospitals provide and create."

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.