As we seek solutions to turn around the state’s economy, one answer is staring right in front of us. Hospitals and health systems drive economic growth in our neighborhoods, our towns and our cities.
Just look around. Surrounding our hospitals are local businesses, vibrant and recovering main streets, transportation routes, and “help wanted” signs. Our sign, the blue “H”, symbolizes access to health care and the health of our local economies.
Hospitals are a key economic asset, contributing to the vitality of our communities, and developing the life science industry in Illinois to support health and wellness for the future.
Businesses select locations where “must-have” health care is available and vibrant.
- Hospitals are a leading sector for employment and new jobs:
- 1 in 10 jobs in Illinois is in the health care sector
- Illinois hospitals directly employ more than 250,000 workers
- Hospitals are a key driver for the middle class and career development:
- Hospitals provide professional level jobs and salaries, helping people move to and stay in the middle class
- Hospitals develop the workforce of today and tomorrow from pre-K through higher education, including training physicians for the future
- Hospitals help lower overall health costs by:
- Keeping employees productive by preventing and managing chronic conditions
- Engaging in population health activities to promote healthier conditions before they become complex and costly
- Hospitals are hubs for innovation and economic growth by:
- Fostering workforce development in life science jobs of tomorrow
- Attracting private sector partners to grow and expand innovative businesses in life sciences
- Serving as incubators for new medical technologies, life sciences research and biomedical engineering.
We can be proud of our hospitals and health systems – essential community organizations now and in the future and essential to the economy of Illinois.