Economic Impact & Community Benefit Reports Detail Heritage Valley’s Strong Community Commitment

A recent report by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) estimates that Heritage Valley Health System accounted for approximately $798 million in spending in the local economy.  Heritage Valley spends $379 million directly for staffing, goods and services and aided in another $419 million of secondary spending within the local economy. 

In addition to the spending in the local economy, Heritage Valley Health System’s Community Benefit support in the region effort totaled more than $28 million. Community benefit calculations include the amount the Health System contributes to charitable care, community health fair sponsorships, absorption of non-reimbursed expenses for the care of Medical Assistance and Medicare patients, the subsidization of selected community health services and education.

“Heritage Valley’s mission is ‘to improve the health and well-being of all people in the communities we serve,’ regardless of one’s ability to pay” said G.R. Orr, III, Chair of the Heritage Valley Health System Board of Directors.  “Our commitment to the community through our high quality health care services, charity care and impact on the local economy is something in which we take great pride.  As the largest employer in the airport corridor, we are a major economic force in our service area due to the amount of goods and services we purchase locally and regionally.”

Heritage Valley Health System employs approximately 3,900 individuals locally and supports an additional 4,100 jobs in the region and the state.  The HAP report also explains how Pennsylvania’s hospitals annually contribute nearly $104 billion (direct and secondary) to the state’s economy.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health systems are going through significant transitions as they redesign care delivery,” said Andy Carter, President and CEO of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). “Even during these transitions, they remain solid economic assets and major employers, because they provide critical services that are anchored in personal relationships.”

The statewide economic impact report is available online at:

https://www.haponline.org/Portals/0/docs/Reports-FactSheets/HAP_Facts_Economic_Impact_of_PA_Hospitals_May2014.pdf