Illinois' 200 hospitals and health systems are responsible for about 426,700 direct and indirect jobs and generate $75.1 billion for the state's economy, the Illinois Hospital Association reports.
An IHA study, Illinois Hospitals $75 Billion Impact on our Economy—the first report of its kind in Illinois that examines the statewide economic impact of hospitals—found that Illinois hospitals are among the top three employers in nearly half of the state's counties. Hospitals are essential to economic development because companies looking to relocate or expand want access to high-quality healthcare services.
"Illinois hospitals play a vital role in strengthening the economy of their local communities and the state, which is more essential now during the economic downturn," said IHA President Maryjane A. Wurth. "By providing jobs for a wide range of healthcare workers and spurring more economic activity by spending on goods, services and capital improvements, hospitals are a cornerstone of the local and state economy."
The report states that:
"To continue to retain and create jobs, attract businesses to their communities, and provide access to high-quality healthcare, Illinois' hospitals must have funding support to keep them fiscally healthy," Wurth said. "We urge state and federal lawmakers to take steps to continue to invest in the state's healthcare system so hospitals can remain strong and viable employers in their communities."