New Jersey hospitals provided $2.58 billion in benefits to their communities in 2012, not including health care services provided to their patients, according to a report form the New Jersey Hospital Association.
“That community role is one we gladly accept,” Betsy Ryan, NJHA president and CEO, said. “The fact is, hospitals are much, much more than medical care.”
The benefits include the value of free and discounted care for the poor, uninsured and senior citizens, wellness programs, education, medical research and community health offerings and programs, according to the 2013 NJHA New Jersey Hospital Community Benefit Report.
“Hospitals’ contributions – in both economic and community benefits – make them an essential part of the Garden State’s well-being. It is a responsibility and commitment that they proudly embrace,” Ryan said.
The $2.58 billion broken down in the report include:
In addition to the community benefits, New Jersey hospitals also provide billions in economic benefits to state and local economies. Data from the NJHA’s 2013 New Jersey Hospitals Economic Impact Report shows that Garden State hospitals delivered:
Data for the report was collected from 57 of the state’s 73 acute care hospitals through a rigorous survey process. Most of the information was collected electronically through data collection software; other hospitals reported on a manual survey form. NJHA used standardized reporting categories and definitions from the Catholic Healthcare Association and the Veterans Health Administration, which are widely used by hospitals across the country.
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