North Carolina’s hospitals and health systems are anchors in our communities, supporting the local economy as a major employer and as a healthcare safety net provider. Our state is home to some of the most advanced academic medical centers in the nation, where cutting-edge research is transforming medicine. A network of teaching hospitals supports training for tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and other medical professionals. Mobile screening vans criss-cross North Carolina’s 100 counties, providing our neighbors with access to preventive care as well as early diagnosis and treatment.

But today’s health systems are more than just places to go when you are sick. We are partnering with others in our communities – from care providers to business owners to individuals – to increase wellness, coordinate care delivery and control healthcare costs. We are focused on collaborative, value-driven approaches to improve the health of our communities.

Hospital Benefits By County, Interactive MapsHospitals and health systems contribute to the health and wellness of the people in their communities every day — with services like free and low-cost wellness education and health evaluations — while also making sure that everyone in the community receives the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Hospitals and health systems are a critical part of the healthcare safety net across our state, providing care for all, regardless of ability to pay. North Carolina’s hospitals are among the nation’s best in providing the most highly advanced care for critically ill newborns, burn victims, organ transplant recipients, individuals struggling with mental health and substance use issues, and others with complex medical problems. But the caring goes far beyond the walls of the hospital, into outreach clinics for homeless individuals, mobile screenings in underserved communities, and telemedicine services to increase access to care.

Having a hospital at the ready to respond to disasters and address the needs of ailing citizens is as essential as good roads and favorable taxes. Hospitals must maintain trained personnel, specialized equipment and supplies to prepare for any emergency, no matter how small or large.

A thriving hospital contributes to the economy of your area in many ways. To illustrate the scope of hospitals and health systems’ economic impact in North Carolina, NCHA commissioned RTI International to conduct research and develop a report based on 2020 data. The report’s findings included that:

A strong healthcare system in North Carolina means a strong local economy and a great place for every generation to live. Read the report to learn more.