Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Summit Health annually contributes nearly $791 million to the region’s economy, according to information released by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) on Tuesday.

“Summit Health is proud to play a major role in our local and regional economy,” said Summit Health President and CEO, Pat O’Donnell. “We take our role as a health care provider very seriously, but we also understand the great responsibility we have to our community as the largest employer in Franklin County. We want to make sure our entire community has the best quality of life possible.”

In March, employment figures released by the Franklin County Area Development Corporation showed Summit Health as the largest employer in Franklin County.

The latest numbers indicated more than 3,500 employees work for Summit Health’s entities across Franklin and Cumberland counties.

According to HAP, statewide, hospitals contributed $121.4 billion to the economy, an increase of more than $6 billion in 2015. Hospitals support more than 589,000 jobs — about one in 10 in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals offer more than critical care services,” said Andy Carter, HAP President and CEO. “They administer vital care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay. They are community hubs that provide preventive screenings, healthy eating programs and countless resources that benefit our commonwealth’s common health.”

As part of Summit Health’s nonprofit mission, the organization contributed $48.5 million in its 2016 Fiscal Year to impact the community through investment in technology, community health programs, speaking events, grants, subsidized health services, education for health professionals, charity care and more.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.