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Hospital’s economic impact shared during hospital week

May 11, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - National Hospital Week is May 11 17 and is observed throughout the U.S. with recognition of the work that hospitals do to support the health of their communities through compassionate health care and dedication to patients. It's also an opportunity to recognize the role that hospitals play in the economic health of their communities.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) provides more than 200 jobs that add $9.6 million to the local economy, according to the latest information from the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, the IHA Economic Impact Study shows that GCMH employees contribute $1.3 million to local retail sales and contribute another $78,000 in sales tax revenue, which boosts local towns and school districts.

GCMH CEO Brian Kellar says the economic data demonstrates the important role of the hospital in Grundy and the surrounding counties. "The hospital's number one priority is patient care, but we are proud that our success helps create economically healthy communities, too," says Kellar.

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Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) provides more than 200 jobs that add $9.6 million to the area economy, according to the latest information from the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).  In addition, the IHA Economic Impact Study shows that GCMH employees contribute $1.3 million to local retail sales.

He notes that GCMH employs people from 30 communities. Of the hospital's fifty-five nurses, for instance, twenty reside in Grundy Center and Holland, seven are from Aplington and Parkersburg, five live in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school district, and five live in Dike. GCMH nurses also commute from Cedar Falls, Marshalltown, Iowa Falls, Wellsburg, Hudson, and Union to their positions in Grundy Center. "The hospital's economic impact reaches far beyond the goods and services purchased by the hospital. It includes our employees, who create a significant benefit to area business with purchases of everything from housing to groceries to gasoline," remarks Kellar.

As Hospital Week is marked, GCMH employees will be treated to a variety of special theme days and activities to encourage and thank them for their hard work. "We're extremely proud of our employees, and proud to be located in a rural community where each member of our staff plays an important role carrying out the mission of 'improving the health of the people in the communities we serve," says Kellar.

 
 

 

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