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Report: Iowa hospitals provided billions in wages, community benefit
Iowa Hospital Association report tallies hospital financial impact
A new report from the Iowa Hospital Association shows Iowa hospitals served more than 2.6 million people and provided $742 million in “community benefit” in 2021.
Community benefit provided by hospitals across the state includes uncompensated care and charity care, as well as other programs that range from immunizations to support groups to nutrition services, according to the report from association, which represents all hospitals in Iowa.
“Iowa’s hospitals and health systems implemented the programs and services accounted for in this study in response to their communities’ needs,” IHA President and CEO Chris Mitchell said in a statement.
“Many of these programs and services wouldn’t exist without hospital support and leadership.”
The IHA’s report includes hospital-submitted data about their community benefit programs and services. It also includes data from the American Hospital Association’s annual survey of hospitals, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
It’s estimated Iowa hospitals employed more than 149,000 individuals statewide last year, accounting for $8.8 billion in total wages.
In addition, hospital expenses accounted for more than $20 billion of the state’s gross domestic product.