GCMC impact on local economy: $25.3M

Jessica Brown joins ranks of 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Greene County Medical Center generated $25,322,994 for the area economy in 2017, according to the most recent impact study by the Iowa Hospital Association.

The report also shows that the medical center’s employees spent more than $3 million on retail sales within the county and contributed $181,359 in state sales tax revenue.

All three figures are an increase from the 2016 report, including a $580,996 increase in overall impact.

“This positive economic impact represents an important role we play in Greene County,” CEO Carl Behne said in a statement. “Providing quality, compassionate care to those we serve is our number one priority, and we are proud of the economic impact we have in our community.”

The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact.

The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 74,691 people and create another 57,586 jobs outside the hospital sector.

One of them, Greene County Medical Center nurse Jessica Brown, of Grand Junction, has been named one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses of 2018.

This year’s honorees were announced Friday.

The 100 exemplary nurses were selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, their leadership and mentoring.

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be honored May 6 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

This year’s honorees represent 42 Iowa counties and were selected from a pool of more than 500 individuals nominated by colleagues, patients, doctors, friends and family members.

The field of nominees was narrowed to 100 by a panel of reviewers, including nursing professionals and previous honorees.

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