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Mercy Medical Center Creates $198.3 Million Impact on Local Economy
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04/03/2014
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Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City generates 1,400 jobs that add nearly $137 million to Siouxland’s economy each year, according to a study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, Mercy employees spend more than $58 million on retail sales and contribute $35 million in state sales tax revenue.

According to the newly released IHA report, Mercy has an annual payroll of $98 million. The Mercy jobs have a positive “spin-off” effect in the community that creates 2,446 total jobs in the area with a total economic impact estimated at $136.9 million. Mercy’s presence in the region yields taxable retail sales of $57.9 million and $3.5 million in state sales tax revenue. The employment statistics only include the impact of the main medical center itself. Mercy also manages or owns a network of family practice clinics, specialty clinics and rural hospitals across Siouxland that provide critical services and economic benefits to the communities they serve.

“The impact Mercy Medical Center has on the vitality of the Siouxland area is significant,” says Jim Fitzpatrick, Interim President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “Mercy is blessed to have served the community for nearly 125 years. Our focus on faith-inspired service and healing is consistent with the mission left to us by Sister Catherine McAuley more than a century ago. Mercy is proud to be able to continue providing this level of care to those who depend on us.”

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.

For more information, please refer to www.ihaonline.org.
Deb Lemmon, Director of Planning and Marketing (712) 279-2294
Dianne Krier, Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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