South Dakota hospitals drive $6.1 billion in economic activity

Hospitals in South Dakota supported nearly 45,000 jobs and $6.1 billion in economic activity in 2016, according to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) latest annual report on hospitals as economic drivers.

Nationwide, hospitals directly employed nearly 5.9 million people and generated almost $3 trillion in economic activity in 2016. Additionally, 143 million people were treated in emergency departments, 27 million surgeries were performed and 4 million babies were delivered in America’s hospitals.

Hospitals are one of the top sources of private-sector jobs. Each hospital job supports about two additional jobs, with every dollar spent by a hospital supporting roughly $2.30 of additional business activity. The report shows the total economic impact of community hospitals by state, including jobs, payroll and hospital expenditures.