As essential hospitals – those committed to caring for low-income and other vulnerable people – adapt to the evolving health care landscape, they remain steadfast in their commitment to improving access and delivering quality health care for all, including the nation’s most vulnerable.

But members of America’s Essential Hospitals do more than keep people healthy and productive – they provide vital support to the economic health of the communities they serve. In fiscal year 2013, association members impacted their communities in these ways:

  • generated more than $165 billion of economic activity for their respective state economies
  • contributed to more than 1.25 million jobs across the United States

Through these activities, essential hospitals inject economic life into the communities they serve. Every dollar spent by an essential hospital has a ripple effect that stimulates additional economic activity that not only bolsters local economies, but strengthens a state’s overall economic vitality.

Policy Brief – Essential Hospitals: Keeping Communities Healthy and Working