Statewide, hospitals fuel $155 billion in economic activity, support one
in nine jobs
Butler, PA – Butler Memorial Hospital contributed $260,545,172 to the region’s
economy and supported 1,529 local jobs during the 2020 fiscal year, according
to a new report released by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association
of Pennsylvania (HAP).
Statewide, Pennsylvania hospitals fueled $155 billion in economic activity,
about 20 percent of the commonwealth’s total gross domestic product.
The hospital community also supported more than 615,000 jobs, one in nine
statewide, and generated more than $38 billion in wages, salaries, and
benefits. In addition, the state’s hospitals attracted highly competitive
federal research dollars to the Keystone State, played a crucial role
in training tomorrow’s healers, and provided extensive charity and
unreimbursed care to their communities.
Butler Memorial Hospital is but one component of Butler Health System,
said Ken DeFurio, BHS President & CEO. “The overall benefit
of BHS approaches half a billion dollars every year. You can see what
a major economic driver Butler Memorial Hospital is for our community.
When people in the community support BMH and BHS, they support the livelihoods
of family, friends and neighbors, and the economic health of our entire
HAP’s report also highlighted the intensified financial strain hospitals
are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and called for additional investments
and public policy measures to ensure that hospitals can continue to provide
the highest level of care and serve as economic engines for the state
and their communities.
“The past year reinforced that hospitals are vital to all Pennsylvanians,”
said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “In addition to providing
excellent care to all who need it—regardless of health condition
or ability to pay—Pennsylvania hospitals are the bedrock of their
communities’ and our state’s economies. The COVID-19 pandemic
has worsened the financial strain on hospitals and it’s not over
yet. It’s critical that Pennsylvania hospitals have the financial
resources and regulatory flexibility they need to continue to serve their
See the full report—including a searchable data visualization, research
brief, and region-specific data—at
About Butler Health System
Located in the rolling hills of Western, PA, Butler Health System (BHS)
has remained an independent community health system for over a century
and continues to grow to meet the needs of an 8-county region. BHS employs
over 3,000 employees and over 270 providers, making it the largest employer
in Butler County and the largest healthcare employer in Clarion County.
Butler Health System consists of two hospitals, Butler Memorial Hospital
(Butler, PA) and Clarion Hospital (Clarion, PA), 72 outpatient locations
throughout Butler, Clarion, Allegheny, Armstrong, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer
and Venango counties. BHS offers patient’s access to nationally
recognized quality care in cardiology, palliative care, and maternity
as well a broad range of surgical, medical, emergency, and psychiatric
services. In addition to its primary health services, Butler Health System
has many partnerships throughout Western Pennsylvania that include Bridges
Health Partners, Benbrook Ambulatory Surgery Center, UPMC Cancer Center,
BHS FasterCare, Concordia Visiting Nurses and Good Samaritan Hospice,
and LIFE Butler County with Lutheran Senior Life.
Butler Health System provides excellent healthcare to the communities
that we serve. Our facilities have more than just state-of-the-art technology—we
have a team of compassionate and knowledgeable health care professionals.
We focus our efforts on making quality care available at an affordable
price for our local communities across the region. Our goal is to ensure
each patient has the best experience and treatment possible paired with
optimal clinical results.