Brooks County Hospital Local Impact Over $25 Million
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The obvious benefit of a hospital like Brooks County Hospital in a community is the care that it provides the emergency room visit in the middle of the night; advanced imaging services; access to specialty care.
But then you stop to think about how many people work at the hospital (Brooks County Hospital is one of the largest employers in Brooks County); or work at physician offices in town; or work at companies that do business with the hospital. And then you think about all of the places where those people shop and do business. This is what people mean when they say that Brooks County Hospital is an economic engine for our community. It’s about jobs that help sustain our community and our quality of life.
The Georgia Hospital Association recently released its 2009 Economic Impact Report, which quantifies the impact that Brooks County Hospital has on this community. Using the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis methodology, the report showed Brooks County Hospital’s local economic impact exceeded $25 million, including the creation or sustainment of 196 full-time jobs.
Ken Rhudy, Brooks County Hospital Administrator said, “We are the truest definition of a community hospital. While we deliver high quality care—this year we were one of nine hospitals in Georgia named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s Quality Honor Roll—our impact reaches far beyond the patients we serve. Brooks County Hospital’s $25 million annual local economic impact impacts every citizen and business, creating jobs and stimulating our economy.
Archbold Medical Center—which includes Brooks County Hospital, Archbold Memorial Hospital, two other affiliate hospitals, four nursing homes and Archbold Health Services—is one of the largest employers and economic engines in Southwest Georgia. Its regional economic impact was nearly $670 million in 2009, including the creation or sustainment of 4,718 full-time jobs.
Perry Mustian, Archbold Medical Center President and CEO, said, “Beyond the economic impacts estimated in this report, there is another type of benefit to our community that we are dedicated to at Archbold, and that is our community outreach. In 2010, Archbold provided over $40 million in the cost of free or reduced-fee care, free health screenings, support of health careers education and other community support. It’s a critical part of our mission as a not-for-profit hospital to meet community needs and we remain committed to that purpose.”