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5 Reasons to Celebrate Pennsylvania Health Care Teams

National Hospital Week recognizes critical role of hospitals, health care professionals

May 06, 2022

National Hospital Week begins May 8, celebrating hospitals, health systems, and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting and connected to their communities.

This year, HAP and the American Hospital Association are highlighting the indispensable role that hospitals and their teams play in caring for and meeting the needs of their communities.

Today also marks the start of National Nurses Week, which celebrates the dedicated nurses working—both on the front lines and behind the scenes—to care for patients and their communities.

To celebrate, here are five ways that Pennsylvania’s hospitals, health systems, and their entire teams are supporting our commonwealth and communities.

Caring for Pennsylvanians:  Hospitals are open every day, around the clock to provide exceptional care to all Pennsylvanians, regardless of ability to pay. In 2020 alone, Pennsylvania hospital teams:

  • Saved 47,512 lives at the state’s 49 trauma centers
  • Delivered 123,376 babies
  • Cared for patients during 4.9 million emergency department visits
  • Discharged patients following 1.4 million inpatient visits
  • Served patients during 37.9 million outpatient visits

Supporting communities:  In addition to providing uncompensated care—which amounted to $826 million for fiscal year 2020—Pennsylvania hospitals work with and within their communities to serve their diverse and changing needs. This work includes:

  • Cutting-edge research
  • Population health programs
  • Resources to fight substance use disorders
  • Initiatives that address challenges that affect community health, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, food insecurity, and violence

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania hospitals emerged as leaders to not just care for their communities but address challenges such as vaccine access, racial disparities, and medical supply chain disruptions.

Anchoring local economies:  Pennsylvania hospitals are the economic cornerstone of their communities and the state, contributing $155 billion to the state and local economies during fiscal year 2020. That’s 20 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

Supporting good jobs:  During fiscal year 2020, Pennsylvania hospitals supported more than 615,000 jobs, both through the people they directly employ and the jobs created by their economic activity. That’s one in nine jobs statewide.

Leading innovation:  Pennsylvania hospitals lead efforts to advance health care by:

  • Investing in the next generation of health care practitioners at 102 teaching hospitals
  • Bringing federal research grants to Pennsylvania, totaling $2 billion for fiscal year 2020
  • Advancing outstanding and innovative nursing practices, with 39 Pennsylvania hospitals being recognized with the prestigious Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Thank you to all the health care professionals who are dedicated to supporting a healthier Pennsylvania!