Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center may be a small hospital but it has a big impact on the region’s economy. In the past year, Conemaugh Meyersdale spent $901,483 in capital improvements, paid $7.1 million to 131 dedicated employees and donated more than $617-thousand in healthcare services to those in need.
“Rural communities like ours are the backbone of America,” says Heather Smith, CEO of Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center. “If you add up the population of areas like ours across the country, it equals nearly 60 million people, or one in five Americans.”
The most obvious benefit hospitals like Conemaugh Meyersdale provide is vital healthcare services, including 24/7 emergency care, but the impact to the community extends far beyond the medical capabilities.
“In many rural areas, the hospital is the largest employer and contributes to job creation throughout the community,” says Smith. “A recent study by the American Medical Association found that each physician supports almost 14 jobs and adds more than $2 million in economic input on average – not just jobs in doctor’s offices but in restaurants, dry cleaners and daycares.”
Now a member of Duke LifePoint, Coneamugh Meyersdale paid a total of $89,384 in local taxes in 2016 as well as providing numerous sponsorships and donations in support of community organizations including area youth music and sports programs, food pantries, school districts, fire departments and the American Cancer Society.
Statewide, hospitals contributed $121.4 billion to the economy, an increase of more than $6 billion in 2015. Hospitals support more than 589,000 jobs—about one in ten in Pennsylvania.
“Conemaugh Meyersdale is proud to continue to play a major role in our region’s economy,” says Smith. “Our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff also are our neighbors, and we remain committed to providing the best quality of life to our community.”