LCHC created $23 million impact on local economy in 2022

Last year, Lucas County Health Center generated 483.8 jobs that added $23,673,706 to Lucas County’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association.

“Year after year, IHA’s Economic Impact Report indicates what we already know – that the care Lucas County Health Center provides to our community extends beyond our walls,” said Brian Sims, CEO. “We are more than a building for the sick and are dedicated to improving the health of our entire community.”

The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data to the American Hospital Association’s annual survey of hospitals. The study found that Iowa hospitals employed 145,252 people in 2022. As an income source, hospitals provided over $9.3 billion in wages. Hospital expenses accounted for over $21.5 billion of the state’s gross domestic product.

“Iowa’s hospitals and health systems implemented the programs and services accounted for in this study in response to their communities’ needs,” IHA President and CEO Chris Mitchell said. “Many of these programs and services wouldn’t exist without hospital support and leadership. These efforts, with IHA’s advocacy, help ensure the financial stability of hospitals, making it possible for them to provide the services and programs most-needed by the people they serve.”

The Iowa Hospital Association is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government, and consumer audiences.