Rural Health Works: Health care's economic impact

Communities know that health care is critical to citizens' physical and mental well-being. But health care is also critical to the community's economic well-being. It is a vital source of jobs, economic growth and retirement or relocation incentives. If local health care disappeared, as much as 20 percent of the economy would also disappear.

Rural Health Works is a tool developed to:

  • Help rural communities assess the economic impact of health services such as primary care physicians, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and
  • Engage in community planning that will strengthen and preserve health services.

Economic Impact Studies:

County Report
Aitkin Aitkin County/Riverwood Healthcare Center Service Area (PDF: 32 pgs 277KB)

Executive Summary (PDF:21KB/1page)

Becker Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Related Health Sectors of Becker County (PDF:274KB/12 pages)
Big Stone

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Ortonville Area Health Services and Related Health Sectors of Big Stone County (PDF:313KB/14 pages)

Brown Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the New Ulm Medical Center and Related Health Sectors of Brown County (PDF:252KB/17 pages)
Cass Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Related Health Sectors of Cass County (PDF:291KB/13 pages)
Chippewa Rural Health Works - Chippewa County (PDF:271KB/30 pages)

Executive Summary (PDF:21KB/1 page)

Cottonwood Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Sanford Westbrook Medical Center And Related Health Sectors of Cottonwood County (PDF:258KB/14 pages)
Goodhue Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Related Health Sectors of Goodhue County (PDF:345KB/13 pages)
Itasca Northern Itasca Health Care Center and Related Health Sectors (PDF:277KB/24 pages)

Executive Summary (PDF:21KB/1 page)

Lac qui Parle Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Johnson Memorial Health Services and Related Health Sectors of Lac qui Parle County (PDF: 353KB/14 pages)
Lake of the Woods Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of Health Care in Lake of the Woods County (PDF:299KB/17 pages)
Baudette-Lake of the Woods presentation (PDF:2MB/20 pages)

Community Health Planning Minutes, April 5, 2005 (PDF:34 KB/6 pages)

Lyon

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Weiner Memorial Medical Center and Related Health Sectors of Lyon County (PDF:562KB/13 pages)

Mahnomen

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Mahnomen Health Center and Related Health Sectors of Mahnomen County (PDF:310KB/13 pages)

Mille Lacs Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Mille Lacs Health System and Related Health Sectors of Mille Lacs County (PDF:229KB/13 pages)
Murray Shetek Hospitals Service Area (PDF:279KB/33 pages)
Nicollet

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the St. Peter Community Hospital and Related Health Sectors of Nicollet County (PDF:300KB/14 pgs)

Nobles

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Worthington Regional Hospital and Related Health Sectors of Nobles County (PDF:292KB/13 pgs)

Polk Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the RiverView Healthcare Association and Related Health Sectors of Polk County, 2008 (PDF:477KB/14 pgs)
East Polk County, First Care Medical Services Service Area (PDF:277KB/32 pgs)

Community Health Planning Minutes, March 21, 2005 (PDF:45 KB/7 pages)

Overview of Rural Health Trends (PDF:1506KB/31 pages)
Redwood Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of Health Care in Redwood County (PDF:231KB/17 pgs)
Renville Rural Health Works - Renville County (PDF:241KB/28 pgs)
Rock

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Sioux Valley Luverne and Related Health Sectors of Rock County (PDF:217KB/13 pgs)

Saint Louis County Economic Impact of Cook Hospital and Related Health Sectors of St. Louis County (PDF: 467KB/16pgs)
Scott Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Queen of Peace Hospital and Related Health Sectors of Scott County (PDF:281KB/17pgs)
Todd

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital & Home and Related Health Sectors of Todd County (PDF:262KB/13 pgs)

Traverse

Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Wheaton Community Hospital and Related Health Sectors of Traverse County (PDF:284KB/13 pgs)

Wadena Rural Health Works - Economic Impact of the Related Health Sectors of Wadena County, 2008 (PDF:454 KB/14 pgs)
Contact for more information

Craig Baarson
651-201-3840

Sally Buck, Director
National Rural Health Resource Center, Duluth
sbuck@ruralcenter.org
218-727-9390


Updated Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 03:17PM