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November 13, 2012

Danville Regional Medical Center’s Economic Impact on Local Economy Reaches $224 Million and More than 2,000 Jobs

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DANVILLE, Va. (Nov.13, 2012) — Danville Regional Medical Center’s (DRMC’s) local and regional annual economic impact (direct, indirect and induced) is estimated to be $224.8 million in spending that supports 2,220 jobs in the Danville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in 2011, according to a report released today by Chmura Economics & Analytics.  The Danville MSA consists of the city of Danville and the county of Pittsylvania. 

“It’s interesting to note that of the 1,555 direct employees of the hospital, 587 live in Danville City, while 651 actually live in Pittsylvania County. The economic impact in Pittsylvania County (direct, indirect and induced) is estimated to have been $25.3 million that supports 297 jobs in the county in addition to the 651 hospital employees residing in Pittsylvania County,” according to Chmura Economics & Analytics President and Chief Economist Christine Chmura.

“It is further evidence how significant the hospital’s operations and capital investments impact the local economies,” said Chmura. “Danville Regional Medical Center employees account for 5.9% of the total workforce in the city of Danville, and 4.1% of the total workforce in the Danville MSA.”

“With over $33 million in capital expenditures since 2007, Danville Regional’s capital efforts have had a larger impact than just the direct spending, representing direct, indirect and induced spending of over $264.9 million and 2,455 jobs, throughout the state,” Chmura adds.

According to Danville Regional Chief Executive Officer Eric Deaton, “In 2010, our leadership team initiated an preliminary study to fully understand the scope and importance the hospital plays in the community, as a provider of quality care, but also an economic driver and influencer of jobs.  Two years later, we have seen the continued significance and leadership role the hospital plays in the community as illustrated by our position as the second largest private employer in the area, our strategic partnerships with Duke University Health System, Averett University, Danville Community College, Danville Family YMCA and the continued scope of services provided within the region,” Deaton added.

“But perhaps more importantly to the community is the dedication and focus of implementing a Comprehensive Plan designed to improve access and the quality of health for all of those in the area,” Deaton added. 

 “We’ve recruited new physicians and added resources to expand access to primary care by adding Family Healthcare Centers in Brosville and in the Mount Hermon area,” Deaton said.

“Our plans to improve the quality of healthcare available close to home doesn’t stop there. We are moving forward with plans to place a Free Standing Emergency Department in Danville, and applied for a Certificate of Public Need to place a new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner in the Chatham area. We are also currently working to replace our Family Healthcare Center in Gretna with a new facility, providing 4,500 square feet of space and another 600 square feet for health education and community activities and plans in development for a Family Healthcare Center in the Ringgold area,” he said.

“We understand the importance the hospital plays in the community, not just as a provider of quality care, but also as a driver of economic development and job creation,” Deaton added.

The report also found that:          

  • As the only acute care hospital in the region, Danville Regional employs more than one quarter of the regional healthcare workforce.
  • Including direct, indirect and induced economic activity from the hospital, Danville Regional contributed $254.4 million in total spending and supported 2,373 jobs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia (Locally, DRMC contributed $224 million in spending and supported 2,000 jobs).
  • Danville Regional pays wages to its employees that are 10.8% higher than the average wage in the Danville area.
  • Since 2007, Danville Regional has spent $33.1 million in capital expenditures, creating 233 cumulative jobs.
  • The tax benefit for the city of Danville’s local government was approximately $1.5 million in 2011.

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Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina, providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment.  Approximately 140 physicians are on the medical staff.  The medical center employs approximately 1,200 people.  For additional information, visit www.danvilleregional.com.

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