Health System Creates $24.1 Million Impact on Local Economy
Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera generated 405 jobs that added $24.1 million to the Sioux County economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera employees by themselves spent $315,000 in state sales tax revenue.
“Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center Avera is one of the largest employers in Sioux Center with over 400 employees” said Kayleen Lee, Chief Executive Officer. “This creates a significant economic impact to our community; but more importantly, our ministry provides the necessary health care services that significantly impact the health of our community.
The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact.
“The study really shows that health care is vitally important to our economy in Iowa,” said Lee. “A career in health care is very rewarding and our employee satisfaction surveys show that local residents really enjoy working here and being in this community.”
The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 70,363 people and create another 65,783 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $3.9 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $2.3 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.
In all, Iowa’s health care sector, which includes employed clinicians, long-term care services and assisted living centers, pharmacies and other medical and health services, directly and indirectly, provides 333,554 Iowa jobs, or more than one-fifth of the state’s total employment.