Hospital Creates $22 Million Impact on Local Economy
In all, Iowa’s Health Care Sector Provides Nearly 325,000 Jobs Across State
DES MOINES – Myrtue Medical Center generates 582 jobs that add $22 million to the region’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. This generates $3 million in retail sales and contributes $183,000 in state sales tax revenue.
“We are known for delivering on the promise of better health and quality care, yet our contributions to our community extend even further when considering the positive impact we have on our local economy,” said Barry Jacobsen, CEO of Myrtue Medical Center.
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 found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 72,008 people and create another 55,492 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.5 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 offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $16.6 billion to the state economy while directly and indirectly providing 324,977 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment.
“Through the many changes in health care, there is one certainty: That hospitals and health care are vital to Iowa’s economy,” said IHA president and CEO Kirk Norris. “With nearly 325,000 jobs, health care is one of Iowa’s largest employers and hospitals remain, by far, the biggest contributor to that number. In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals are uniformly among the largest employers.
“As our political leaders in Washington, DC and Des Moines consider legislation and regulations that impact hospitals and health care, they need to keep these facts in mind. As providers of high-quality, low-cost health care, good jobs and economic stability, there is no replacement for community hospitals.”
Betty Keane Selected as “Phlebotomist of the Year”
Every year the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science-Iowa (ASCLS-IA) recognizes individuals, whom have been deemed by their peers as showing outstanding service and dedication to their profession, co-workers and patients. Myrtue Medical Center’s Betty Keane was selected as “Phlebotomist of the Year” from ASCLS-IA.
This award serves to recognize the phlebotomists who are both the legs and the public face of the lab. The quality of our lab testing depends a great deal on their skills. Plus a patient’s impression of the laboratory and of their work is mostly determined by his or her interaction with the phlebotomist.
“Betty is truly compassionate to her patients’ needs and provides the highest quality of customer service. She has a natural ability to understand and feel what the patients are experiencing, and she is able to meet their needs effectively. I am proud to have Betty as a Phlebotomist on our Lab team,” said Jason Eckermann, Lab Director at Myrtue Medical Center.
The award will be given at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Annual Spring Meeting at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.
Deb Larson Selected as one of “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses”
Myrtue Medical Center’s Oncology Nurse, Deb Larson RN, of Harlan, was selected as one of “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses”. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses. These nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, their leadership, and mentoring.
According to the nomination form, Deb’s expertise and relationship with the patients, co-workers and management staff, were acclaimed and praised with the following statements: Deb’s most significant contribution to the nursing profession has been her care of oncology patients for the past 23 years. She is meticulous in her care and treats every patient as if they were a family member. Deb puts her patients first and provides exceptional customer service. Our community is blessed and lucky to have Deb providing oncology nursing care right here in our community.
Deb and 99 other nurses will be honored during “The 100 Great Iowa Nurses” program May 7th at the Iowa Events Center – Grand Ballroom in Des Moines. The 13th annual celebration is a prelude to National Nurses Week.
This year, the 100 honorees represent 39 Iowa counties, and were selected from a pool of more than 400 individuals who were nominated by colleagues, patients, doctors, friends, and family members. The field of nominees was narrowed to 100 by a panel of reviewers, including nursing professionals and previous honorees.