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Lakes Regional Healthcare Provides Community Benefits and Positively Impacts Dickinson County’s Economy

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Lakes Regional Healthcare generates 554 jobs that account for roughly 6% of all jobs in Dickinson County, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, wages generated total $30.8 million, representing 8.1% of Dickinson County’s wages. The study also found that Lakes Regional Healthcare provides almost $10 million in community benefits to about 4,000 people in Dickinson County. These benefits include many things such as free and reduced-cost services like immunizations and health screenings, charity care, and uncompensated care.

“We are honored to provide the Iowa Great Lakes community with essential health care services – primary care, surgery, emergency care, and more,” said Lakes Regional Healthcare President and CEO Jason Harrington. “It’s nice to know we also help the community economically and with community benefits.”

The IHA study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Regional Input-Output Modeling System multipliers were used to calculate the data in the reports is based on 2012 national benchmark input-output data and 2018 regional data, from the American Hospital Association.

The study found that Iowa hospitals generate over 149,000 jobs within and outside of the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide almost $9 billion in salaries and benefits directly and through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

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