Jasper, Ga. (June 7, 2012) – Piedmont Mountainside Hospital generated over $108.5 million in revenue for the local and state economy in 2010, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). The report also included the cost of uncompensated care to be $2.87 million, including unpaid costs of Medicaid and Medicare during the same time period.
In addition, the report shows Piedmont Mountainside Hospital sustained 903 jobs throughout Jasper and the rest of the state and had direct expenditures of nearly $47 million in 2010. When combined with an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of those expenditures was more than $108.5 million. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.
“Given the current state of the economy, we’re proud to be able to provide the jobs and business opportunities we do,” said Mike Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. “Our hospital is an integral part of Pickens County and the surrounding communities and is the foundation for quality of life. So many patients trust us with their lives and to restore their loved ones’ health. It’s nice to give back to the community that supports us.”
While Piedmont Mountainside Hospital remains a major component of the area’s economic engine, the hospital’s leadership, like the rest of the Georgia hospital community, is concerned about a wide array of economic challenges that lie ahead, including continued federal and state cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments to providers and a fast-growing uninsured and underinsured population.
“Presently, more than a third of all hospitals in Georgia are operating with negative margins,” said Robertson. “There are definite challenges that come when there is a growing demand for care and an increasing number of patients who are uninsured or underinsured.”