Economic Impact of Kern County Hospitals January 2016
The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California is
pleased to provide the latest report of the 2015 Economic Impact
Analysis of Hospitals in Kern County. This report provides an
overview of the significant economic and fiscal impact made by
ten major hospitals on the region. Hospital spending totals $5.0
billion and supports 32,296 jobs.
The health care industry sector is a large contributor of job
growth for the Kern County communities, providing high paying
jobs and investing in capital improvements. Additionally, it is a
critical factor in regional economic development and a strong
element for attracting companies looking to expand or relocate.
Hospitals in Kern County are vital to the quality of life and
economy of communities throughout the region. Hospital
investments and contributions ensure that there is an adequate
supply of health professionals to serve California’s patient
population. They also make lasting, positive impacts on local
communities and regional economies.
Across the state, many programs that are solely supported by
local hospitals make tremendous impacts on the lives of
individuals, families and communities. These programs include
clinical training for nurses and allied health professionals, as
well as contributions of time and resources dedicated to the
thousands of interns and high school students that spend time in
hospitals each year gaining valuable work experience and career
The 2015 Economic Impact Analysis of Hospitals in Kern County
illustrates why the region’s hospitals are important to our
communities and the region as a whole, and why it is necessary to
invest in and protect our regional health care safety-net.
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