The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 19, 2013

Geisinger has 6.1 billion annual impact

The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — A recent report by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania indicates the Geisinger Health System has an annual $6.1 billion impact on the state’s economy.

The impact includes data from Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital, Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton and affiliates that became part of Geisinger Health System last year.

As a major employer of more than 19,000 people and through the ripple effect of using Pennsylvania suppliers and other businesses, Geisinger Health System, including its new facilities in Shamokin, Bloomsburg and Scranton, supports more than 30,280 jobs in the commonwealth.

“As Geisinger continues to grow important programs and services to care for our patients, we are also supporting employment and enhancing overall quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Geisinger Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Frank Trembulak. “This latest HAP report highlights our role as a major employer and driver of the economy.”

Overall, Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems support nearly 586,000 jobs and have a total economic impact of nearly $98 billion. In 2011, Pennsylvania’s 255 hospitals admitted more than 1.6 million patients, cared for nearly 39 million outpatients, evaluated six million patients in emergency departments and delivered more than 124,000 babies.

“We take seriously our responsibility to improve the quality of life for the people of central and northeast Pennsylvania,” Trembulak said. “A strong Geisinger is good news for everyone in the region.”

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator and ProvenCare. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents in 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 310,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service.

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