staying powerCEO LETTER

Making an Impact

Salanger Matt web

According to the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the economic activity generated by hospitals and other healthcare institutions — through jobs and the purchasing of goods and services — makes up an impressive 10 percent of New York State’s gross domestic product. Hospitals in New York stimulate the economies of cities and towns, thereby generating significant tax dollars.

Fulfilling their charitable missions, not-for-profit healthcare organizations cover the cost of care provided to people who have no means to pay. Hospitals subsidize care to low-income, elderly and under-served citizens, and continually invest dollars in beneficial health initiatives beyond their walls. In many parts of the Empire State, it’s the local hospital or healthcare system that’s the largest employer in the area. In every region, hospitals are among the top 10 private sector employers.

All of this applies to UHS, the largest healthcare system and largest employer in our region, with more than 5,800 employees. According to HANYS, the combined economic impact of UHS Hospitals, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital on the communities they serve is more than $1 billion a year. Annually, we directly and indirectly generate more than $100 million in taxes, provide nearly $79 million in community benefits and investments, and create some 7,800 jobs, within our own facilities and elsewhere.

We accomplish this consistently, year after year, even though up to 54 percent of our financial reimbursement is tied to Medicaid and Medicare, federal programs that don’t cover the actual cost of care. What’s more, hospitals never close, and never stop providing high-quality care that is centered on sustaining and improving the lives of patients. In 2016, UHS provided care to 1.2 million outpatients, treated nearly 90,000 patients in four emergency rooms and admitted more than 18,000 people for in-hospital care. Along the way, we delivered 1,800 babies.

A glance at these statistics shows the tremendous effect hospitals have on the lives of their communities. At UHS, we’re proud that we’re able to have such a positive impact on both the physical and the economic health of the Southern Tier. It’s a responsibility we take seriously, through stewardship of our resources, a commitment to quality and an ongoing focus on exceptional patient care. 

 

Matthew J. Salanger
President and CEO of UHS