In 2011 Dodge County Hospital generated more than $43 million in revenue for the local and state economy according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s local hospital trade association. The report also found that, during the same period, Dodge County Hospital provided approximately $1.9 million in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 403 full-time jobs throughout Eastman and the rest of the Region.
The report revealed that Dodge County Hospital had direct expenditure of more than $19 million in 2011. When combined with the economic multiplier developed by the United Stated Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of these expenditures was more $43 million. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.
“This new report shows that, even in these difficult economic times, Dodge County Hospital has an enormous positive impact on our local economy,” said Kevin Bierschenk, CEO of Dodge County Hospital. “We thank the middle Georgia regional community’s unwavering support of our local hospital and will continue to work hard to ensure that the citizens of our community and surrounding regional areas have access to health care services that are second to none in quality and affordability.”
While Dodge County Hospital remains a major component of the area’s economic engine, the hospital’s leadership, like the rest of the Georgia hospital community, is concerned about a wide array of economic challenges that have made it increasingly difficult to meet the community’s health care needs including continued cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments and a fast-growing uninsured population. Presently, more than a third of all hospitals in Georgia are operating with negative margins.
“We’re extremely concerned with the current operating environment for hospitals”, said Kevin Bierschenk, CEO. “We’ve made a commitment to every citizen of this community to be on call for them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But our ability to do so is being compromised when, in many cases, we’re seeing an increasing number of uninsured patients while the state is paying us far less than what it actually costs to treat Medicaid patients.”
“Our local health care system is indispensable,” says Kevin Bierschenk. “It is the primary guardian of health in our community and is the key building block for everything else in our community including education and economic vitality. It is our hope that, even in these challenging economic times, that our elected lawmakers will do what is necessary to protect our local health care system and preserve access to health care for every resident of Eastman.”
Dodge Co. Hospital, in my opinion, over charges. The ER doctor sends patients for CT scans that don't need it. After 6hrs, CT scans, the ER doc told me my child had an allergic reaction, gave her a shot of benedryl and then sent me a bill of over $1000 for him, the hospital charged me $1000, and the CT scans were approx. $1000.... So, basically, I paid over $3000 for the doc to tell me what I told him when I got there, that she had an allergic reaction....and a shot of benedryl. RIP OFF
09/26/13 at 03:25 PM
I agree with the Over Charge Statement. You can Find a lot better treatment, but you can't pay more than The Dodge County Hospitol Fees. Its no wonder that the Patients generated $43,000,000.00
not the Hospitol in revenue for the local and state economy's. The Hospitol Over Charged them Excessively.