This report, commissioned by the Hospital Council, estimates the economic impact of hospital spending in the Central Valley (Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties). Financial data used for this report was collected from the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) fro the most recent year, 2014-2015.
Hospital and hospital-related spending in the Central Valley generated $19.5 billion and 130,723 jobs.
Hospitals operating in the Central Valley are vital to the quality of life and economy of communities throughout the region. They invest $84 million through charity care and community benefit programs.
The Hospital Council has led a mental health collaborative in Fresno County since late 2011, a group consisting of a wide cross-section of community stakeholders including the Superior Court judge responsible for the behavioral health court, the President of Fresno State, the Fresno Chief of Police, and the Fresno County Sheriff, along with hospital executives and leaders of business, community- and faith-based organizations.
One of the group’s priorities was to create a single ‘front door’ into the community’s system of mental health care, homeless services, and substance abuse services. On Wednesday, that ‘front door’ opened in the form of MAP—the Multi-agency Access Program. At a press conference featuring Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearingen and RVP Lynne Ashbeck, the MAP Point (our first physical location) was opened. The MAP Point will provide case managers to ‘wrap around’ clients in need of housing, mental health services, substance abuse services…sometimes all at the same time. The group expects to establish multiple MAP Points across the community in the next year.
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