Each year, the Iowa Hospital Association performs a study to examine 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.

I want to share a few statistics from this study that directly relates to our communities across Mitchell County as well as healthcare as a whole in Iowa.

Mitchell County Regional Health Center supports 305 jobs that add $11,849,900 to the communities in and around Mitchell County's economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, Mitchell County Regional Health Center employees, by themselves, spend $1,677,400 on retail sales and contribute $100,600 in state sales tax revenue.

In all, Iowa’s health care sector, which includes offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $17 billion to the state economy while directly and indirectly providing 330,308 jobs, or about 20 percent of the state’s total non-farm employment.

Recently, Katie Henry, the Osage Chamber of Commerce Director said it best, "I’ve always said Osage is a great community for many reasons, but the biggest reason I’d say is we are so blessed with the amenities and services available here, including MCRHC. MCRHC offers services that we would otherwise need to drive up to an hour away for and that’s something important to current and future residents of Mitchell County" and I with her wholeheartedly.