PA HOSPITALS’ ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS TOP $121 BILLION IN 2016
Blue Mountain Hospital provides $174,370,291
Lehighton, PA (May 25, 2017)—Blue Mountain Hospital annually contributes nearly $175 million to the region’s economy, according to information released by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Blue Mountain Hospital also supports more than 1500 jobs in the Carbon County region.
Statewide, hospitals contributed $121.4 billion to the economy, an increase of more than $6 billion in 2015. Hospitals support more than 589,000 jobs—about one in ten in Pennsylvania.
“Blue Mountain Hospital is proud to continue to play a major role in our region’s economy,” said Joe Guardiani, vice president of government relations and fund development. “Our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff also are our neighbors, and we remain committed to providing the best quality of life to our community. Our health system, its hospitals, programs, and our employees, have been part of the fabric that makes up the quilt that covers Carbon County and its health care needs for more than 100 years. Healthcare, for us, is about relationships and our community has always supported the health system and now, more than ever, we want to be there for them. It’s impossible to put a price tag on that type of relationship.”
“Pennsylvania’s hospitals offer more than critical care services,” said Andy Carter, HAP President and CEO. “They administer vital care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay. They are community hubs that provide preventive screenings, healthy eating programs, and countless resources that benefit our commonwealth’s common health.”
Carter noted that as lawmakers in both Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg discuss key issues affecting the future of the health care industry, this report demonstrates the integral role that hospitals have in Pennsylvania’s economy.
“HAP continues to work with state and federal legislators to preserve the resources that help hospitals provide state-of-the-art care, as well as family-sustaining jobs and economic stimulus,” Carter concluded.
About Blue Mountain Health System
Blue Mountain Health System includes two hospital campuses – the Gnaden Huetten Campus in Lehighton, the Palmerton Campus in Palmerton, and The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, also in Lehighton; as well as numerous outpatient service locations and physician practices throughout the region. The Blue Mountain Health System is a regional provider of health care services to the people living in Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties and has received numerous accolades for its commitment to providing high quality healthcare. Combined, the organization has been serving the communities of the region for more than 100 years. More information is available on BLMTN.org or by following us on Facebook.