University Hospitals major economic driver in Ohio, study

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle

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CLEVELAND — University Hospitals in Cleveland is one of Ohio’s major economic drivers, according to a recent study. A new economic impact report shows that it supports the economy of the state of Ohio to a significant degree. UH’s system of medical and health centers and physician offices has generated approximately 67,000 direct and indirect jobs, which in turn supports nearly 45,000 households.

The system has contributed more than $10 billion to the regional economy and nearly $4.5 billion of labor income to Ohio. In 2019 alone, it employed 27,775 workers. The system’s joint venture partners also hired an additional 2,979 individuals, making the UH responsible for 30,734 employments that year. The report, which covers the calendar year of 2019, is authored by Silverlode Consulting.

Additionally, the construction of UH’s facilities has supported an estimate of 790 jobs, for a total of 31,524 total permanent and construction jobs in 2019. These direct jobs sustained an additional 35,163 indirect jobs, resulting in a total of 66,687 Ohio jobs supported by the system. For every direct UH job, approximately 1.12 additional jobs are supported in Ohio.

“For 155 years, University Hospitals has been guided by a strong commitment to civic and social responsibility, leveraging its role as an anchor institution to build physical and economic health for the community,” said Cliff Megerian, MD, CEO, University Hospitals.

“Our goal is to be the most trusted health care partner. Because we know there is a direct correlation between population wealth and population health, this aim to be the most trusted includes driving strategic initiatives that create jobs and produce meaningful labor income. In turn, this fosters economic growth, which ultimately aids in keeping our Northeast Ohio population healthy,” Megerian continued.

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