Lucas County Health Center (LCHC)
generates 313 jobs that add $14,504,599 to the county's economy, according to the
latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, LCHC employees by themselves
spend $2,168,332 on retail sales and contribute $130,100 in state sales tax
"This report indicates that our
hospital does more than provide healthcare services to our community," says
Brian Sims, CEO. "It indicates that our employees and our organization as a
whole are committed and dedicated to the success of the community."
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 72,008 people and create another 55,492 jobs outside the
hospital sector. As an income source,
hospitals provide $4.5 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $2.3
billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.
In all, Iowa's health care sector,
which includes offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners,
nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and
pharmacies, contributes $16.6 billion to the state economy while directly and
indirectly providing 324,977 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state's total
"Through the many changes in health
care, there is one certainty: That hospitals and health care are vital to
Iowa's economy," said IHA president and CEO Kirk Norris. "With nearly 325,000
jobs, health care is one of Iowa's largest employers, and hospitals remain, by far,
the biggest contributor to that number. In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals
are uniformly among the largest employers.
"As our political leaders in
Washington, DC and Des Moines consider legislation and regulations that impact
hospitals and health care, they need to keep these facts in mind. As providers
of high-quality, low-cost health care, good jobs and economic stability, there
is no replacement for community hospitals."
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.