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The Impact of Hospitals on Communities

Did you ever think the year 2020 would resemble anything like we are living in? With the spread of COVID-19, hospitals are thrown into the limelight now more than ever. Hospitals across the nation have prepared for the what-if scenario. What happens if we have a significant outbreak of this virus? With all that we are facing, I felt it was important to reflect on the significant impact that hospitals have in our communities. Not only do they provide access to healthcare, but they also make a significant contribution to both urban and rural communities.

Access to Healthcare:

This is fairly apparent and most people have a strong understanding of this service. However, hospitals care for the sick and most vulnerable among our populations. They treat people during the worst of times and provide the care that our loved ones deserve. Many hospitals also promote educational topics that allow their communities a better understanding of the risks they face. These educational topics include and are not limited to chronic illness maintenance, mental health awareness, substance use disorder, obesity prevention, pregnancy, and more.

Economic:

The economic impact may be more hidden than serving as a point of access for healthcare. It is important to keep in mind that hospitals care for the sick regardless of their ability to pay the cost of the services provided. What is further thought provoking is that providing services without payment is fairly unique to hospitals. In other industries, it is up to the company to determine whether or not to provide services if payment is not or will not be received. Not only do hospitals at times provide services without payment, but they are also major economic engines for their communities. For example, here in Nebraska our hospitals employ more than 44,000 people across all of our communities, according to the 2019 Nebraska Hospitals Community Benefit report. In addition, a 2016 AHA survey says Nebraska hospitals were responsible for $2.9 billion in salaries and wages.  In rural communities, it is not uncommon for their hospital to be the largest employer and contribute to the attraction of new businesses and families. 

As stated above, during times like this, it is important to remember how essential hospitals are to our communities. Also, I felt it is important to note that there are many other essential services that hospitals provide to their communities. I am simply highlighting access to healthcare and how they are important for economic success. I want to say, “thank you” to all the hospitals and healthcare leaders that we have the opportunity to partner with—your impact is far reaching.

Mike DeLanie

Mike DeLanie
Mike joined Aureus Group Healthcare Leadership in February 2014. As the Team Lead, he brings several years of experience in healthcare recruiting and has proven to have the ability to meet both client and candidate expectations. Prior to joining Aureus Group, Mike worked for a national allied healthcare search firm and won Allied Recruiter in 2012. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, health and exercise science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.

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