(Marysville, KS) – Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) invites patients, families and constituents to join them in celebrating National Hospital Week, May 6-12. Celebrated since 1921, National Hospital Week is a time dedicated to reinforcing the valuable contributions hospitals make in communities across the nation.
According to the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA), 127 community hospitals in Kansas annually staff nearly 10,000 beds; they see more than 318,000 inpatient visits (140,000 Medicare and 47,000 Medicaid); they assist in more than 40,000 births; they provide care during nearly 7 million outpatient visits; and see more than 1 million visits to Kansas emergency departments. Not only do hospitals serve thousands of individuals, keeping communities healthy, strong and vibrant, hospitals also benefit the financial health of the state. In Kansas, hospitals employ 73,890 people or 3.4 percent of all job holders and generate $4.2 billion in direct total income. In these challenging economic times, hospitals support the creation of an additional 57,330 jobs in other business and industry and have a total employment impact of more than 131,000 jobs. For every one dollar of income generated in the hospital sector, another 48 cents is generated in other businesses and industries in the state’s economy; thus, having an estimated total impact on income throughout all business and industry of more than $6.3 billion.
Community Memorial Healthcare, with 230 employees, 6 family practitioners, 6 nurse practitioners, a surgeon, and a host of volunteers, plays a crucial role in the delivery of healthcare in Marshall and surrounding counties. As the second largest employer in Marysville, CMH has a combined salary and benefit impact of over $10.75 million. As a safety net provider, CMH paid out over $1.5 million in uncompensated care in 2011.
In celebration of National Hospital Week, CMH recognizes its employees and volunteers for their important role in delivering quality care for people in northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska.