Driving our local economy.
Ensuring accessible healthcare.
Arizona hospitals are not just essential to the health of Arizona citizens and communities – they are also vital engines of job creation and economic growth. Statewide, hospitals are directly and indirectly responsible for 177,000 full-time jobs and $24 billion in economic impact.
The role of healthcare is especially important in rural communities, particularly those with critical access hospitals like Benson Hospital.
“The Benson area is home to more than 11,800 residents who rely on Benson Hospital for accessible, affordable and quality care,” said Bill Lindley, Benson Hospital Governing board member. “Benson and many north Cochise county residents rely on Benson Hospital, for accessible, affordable and quality care. Without local access to its services, residents from the Benson area and neighboring communities would have to drive, or seek a ride, long distances to see a healthcare provider. This would place an undue burden on thousands of patients and families, and could discourage or delay many from seeking necessary care and treatment. Benson Hospital also contributes significantly to Benson's economy.”
From an economic perspective, the contributions of Benson Hospital are equally compelling. As Benson’s second-largest private employer, it accounts for nearly 230 direct and indirect full-time jobs and is credited with generating $27 million worth of economic impact.
“A strong healthcare system and access to quality hospitals is crucial to the stability and growth of our economy,” said (Lindley. “In addition to the direct contributions – like jobs and revenue to the state – hospitals play an important role in Arizona’s tourism market, and are directly tied to our ability to recruit and retain medical professionals. That’s exceedingly vital in rural areas like Benson, where physician retention remains an ongoing challenge.”
Given the outsized role of critical access hospitals in communities and local economies, it’s vital that Benson Hospital receive the support required to continue providing care.
“Residents who live in out-lying areas and routinely commute to Benson for hospital care often patronize our other services while they’re here – such as grocery stores, restaurants and hardware shops – and are a huge part of what keeps our businesses and economy moving,” said Lindley “If Benson Hospital were forced to shut down, there would be a negative ripple effect impacting our entire community, our local economy and our way of life.”