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Virginia Hospitals and Health Systems Provide Over $2.2 Billion in Community Support

Contact: Betty Long, VP
blong@vhha.com, (804) 965-1213

Generate $27.7 Billion in Economic Activity and Employed 129,000 People

RICHMOND, JANUARY 25, 2012. Virginia’s hospitals and health systems provided more than $2.2 billion in community support, accounted for $27.7 billion in economic activity and employed 129,000 individuals in the Commonwealth in 2010 according to the fourth annual statewide report released by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.  The Impact of Virginia Hospitals and Health Systems on their Communities shows that community support grew by $200 million, economic impact increased by $2.7 billion, and the number of individuals employed in their facilities grew by more than 7,000 when compared to 2009 data. Other key findings include:

  • The amount of community benefit provided by Virginia’s tax-exempt hospitals exceeds the value of the tax exemptions they receive by more than $531 million.

  • The $27.7 billion in economic activity includes $14.8 billion in direct spending, which generated an additional $12.9 billion in indirect spending by other businesses and individuals.

  • The salaries and services for the 129,000 employees in VHHA member hospitals, ambulatory care centers and nursing homes supported another 64,000 jobs across the state.

“Virginia’s hospitals and health systems provide high quality, valuable and necessary health care services to their communities 24/7, 365 days a year,” says Laurens Sartoris, president of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. “While they are vital to the physical wellbeing of their communities, this report highlights the value of the other assets they bring to their communities.”

The report data is based on hospital costs, not charges, and includes all acute-care and certain specialty hospitals in the state. “Community benefit” was defined using the Internal Revenue Service definition for Schedule H of Form 990. For Virginia this represents:

  • Charity Care: $515 million, an increase of $24 million over 2009

  • Medicaid Shortfall: $318 million, an increase of $113 million over 2009

  • Subsidized Health Services: $71 million, an increase of $13 million over 2009

  • Community Benefit Programs and Services: $312 million, an increase of $49 million over 2009

The health care and social services industry represents 12 percent of statewide employment. Additionally, health care accounts for at least five percent of the jobs in each locality in Virginia, and in some areas it accounts for as much as one-third of all jobs.

The economic impact is measured through the dollars spent on payroll, other operating expenses and capital projects, all of which are re-circulated in the economy through consumer spending, purchases by suppliers and contractors and other forms of economic activity.

In addition to this community benefit and economic impact of Virginia’s hospitals and health systems, other measures of the impact hospitals had on their communities in 2010 include:

  • 3,341,326 million emergency department visits

  • 779,858 inpatient admissions

  • 2,055,034 outpatient visits

  • 92,041 babies delivered

  • 8,000 physicians employed (estimate)

Report:  The Impact of Virginia Hospitals and Health Systems on their Communities, December 2011 (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of hospitals and health delivery systems that develops and advocates health care policy for the Commonwealth. Its vision is to achieve excellence in both health care and health.

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